I was appointed as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside in 2017 and am proud of my achievements. Unfortunately, while I felt there was much I could still give to the role, I made the decision to resign from the role when Jane Kennedy left the Labour Party. It is vital that Merseyside has a Labour Commissioner speaking on behalf of the public. I am the only candidate with the knowledge and experience to fulfil that role.
I have a particular passion for tackling violence against women and girls and this was a key area of focus during my time as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. I developed a scheme to engage employers in tackling domestic abuse, re-launched the modern slavery and trafficking network and initiated a project to investigate experiences of sexual violence across Merseyside.
In addition to this, I successfully lobbied for all police staff to be paid the living wage, developed an action plan to better support women offenders and deputised for the PCC in all national meetings regarding victims’ services.