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Michael Bunney selected as MK candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner
Mebyon Kernow will be contesting the next election for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for the “Devon and Cornwall” Constabulary.

Michael Bunney at a recent Devonwall protestThe election will take place in 2020 and the Party is pleased to announce that its candidate will be Michael Bunney.

Michael is a much-respected campaigner for a better deal for Cornwall and a parish councillor. He lives in Gorran and helps out with a large number of local groups and activities. He works as a teacher and is deputy head of an academy, working with vulnerable children.

In a well-received acceptance speech at MK’s Policy Forum on Friday (22nd June), Michael pledged to campaign energetically across the whole of Cornwall.  

He said: “I will campaign passionately for a better deal for Cornish policing and Cornwall’s community services. Our police officers and PCSOs do a fantastic job, but they need better resources and more back up, at night time especially.

“We also need social care and the youth services to be well resourced, so they can function effectively alongside the police and education system. I have worked for twenty years with teenagers and I want to focus especially on supporting vulnerable families and tackling youth crime.”

He added: “I will also unconditionally oppose the proposed merger with Dorset Police Force. I fear that such additional centralisation will lead to more cuts for rural areas, and I will continue to support the creation of a Cornwall Police Force.”

MK Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole has welcomed Michael’s selection. He said: “Michael Bunney is an outstanding candidate and I am delighted that he will be MK’s candidate for Police Commissioner. I believe that his positive outlook and love for Cornwall will inspire thousands to support his campaign.”

He added: “MK members are angry that, prior to coming to power, the Conservative Party promised they would protect policing and put ‘more police on the street, fighting crime and protecting local communities.’

“But under David Cameron and Theresa May, the UK Government has slashed funding for the police. This has lead to the loss of hundreds of police officers, PCSOs and civilian support staff, as well as other changes such as the closure of public desks at local police stations.

“And now, there are plans afoot to merge the present ‘Devon and Cornwall’ Constabulary, with that of Dorset, which we do not support.

“MK will be campaigning for fair funding for local policing and a Cornwall Constabulary, based in and working for all the people of Cornwall.”
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By Dick Cole. Published on 26th June 2018.

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