Emily Spurrell is standing as the Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate to be Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner on 6th May 2021.
Emily was born in Manchester and studied at the University of Leeds before settling in Merseyside.
Emily was first elected as a Councillor for Mossley Hill ward in Liverpool City Council in May 2012. She was appointed as Mayoral Lead for Community Safety in 2014 and became Cabinet Member for Communities and Safer Neighbourhoods in 2017. Here she oversaw the development of a Domestic Abuse strategy, instigated a new approach to community cohesion and chaired the Citysafe Board which provided funding to local groups to improve community safety.
Emily also led on Liverpool successfully collecting the Purple Flag award, demonstrating all the work done to ensure LIverpool has a safe and vibrant night time economy.
Emily served as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside from September 2017 to March 2019. During this time she championed victims and lead on work to tackle violence against women and girls. She 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, she 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 national meetings regarding victims’ services.
After leaving the PCC’s office Emily was appointed as an advisor on tackling violence against women and girls to the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.