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Police and Crime Commissioner Elections – The Herald Guide



AS WELL as picking assembly members on May 5, voters will also be choosing who they want to be the next police and crime commissioner (PCC).

This handy Herald guide gives you the low down on all the candidates standing in Dyfed-Powys. In all cases the material has been prepared by the candidates or their agents, and not this newspaper.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.17.29OVER 300 people are killed or seriously injured each year on Dyfed Powys roads, so I will make road safety and safer driving one of my key priorities. The consequences of each casualty extends far beyond each individual involved to families, neighbours and whole communities. The Police need to work with councils, the Welsh Government and others to tackle this appalling loss of life on our roads.

Police accountability happens best at the most local level.

My focus will be to act as the catalyst to build and strengthen links between the police and the communities they serve, and to involve local community leaders in my decisions.

The Police Commissioner needs to build links with special interest groups, such as the farming community, vulnerable people, victims of domestic abuse, ethnic minorities and others to understand their needs, to know how best to prevent crime and to ensure that all people are treated fairly. The Police Commissioner needs to rebuild the morale of our Police force after a series of poor HMIC inspections. The Commissioner needs to take some responsibility when things go wrong, and end the denial of poor performance reports.

I will cut the costs of the Police Commissioners Office to invest in front line policing and I will oppose moves to extend the powers of Police Commissioners into other services. Police Commissioners were created without public consent, and I will press for their replacement by elected councillors.

Living in Welshpool I understand the concern that the far flung parts of Dyfed Powys area feel neglected. As a former member of a police authority and a former councillor with many years’ experience I believe I am well qualified to take on this role.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.18.04I AM A LOCAL man having been born and bred in St Clears and have lived there all my life. Over many years, I have participated in the Social and Welfare activities throughout the whole area of Dyfed.

Having had the distinction of being elected an INDEPENDENT member of the Dyfed County Council for the whole period of it’s existence (1973 – 1996), the knowledge gained as a Senior Scientific Officer in both private and public industries has given me valuable and widespread experience in dealing with the needs, aspirations and well being of people and communities.

We are fortunate to live in a democratic Country which allows free speech and for individuals to have different political preferences. Consequently, an elected Police Commissioner should not be influenced by Party Politics in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. Each and every one must be treated on an equal basis in the eyes of the Law. The vast of the majority of you and every serving police officer are in total agreement with these sentiments.

The last few years have seen the influence of Party Politics manifesting itself in the disruptive running of our Police Force. The controversy surrounding the Police helicopter, the handling of closure of Police Stations, removal of several CCTV cameras, increase in crime, public safety and several other serious matters. I can give my ASSURANCE that these concern will be addressed as quickly as possible after the May 5th Election.

One has always acted with TOTAL HONESTY and COMPLETE INTEGRITY at all times and I shall continue to do so if entrusted with your CONFIDENCE on May 5th as your INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.18.35AS YOUR Commissioner, the security and safety of Dyfed Powys will always come before party politics.

I will provide a leadership you can trust and work with the Chief Constable to deliver a motivated workforce within an efficient and effective model for local Policing and Criminal Justice.


I am approachable and will listen to all members of the community in order to shape a successful Police Force. Reducing bureaucracy and ensuring open access to the Police and Criminal Justice will be a priority.

  • I will hold public meetings across the Force – open to everyone;
  • I will not appoint an unelected Deputy Commissioner and I will reduce external consultant costs;
  • I will increase the use of volunteers and keep local stations and offices open;
  • I will not privatise core police support functions that will fragment the delivery of services.


The safety of everyone in Dyfed and Powys is important to me across all our communities, both rural and urban. Preventing crime and antisocial behaviour will be prioritised to reduce demand for services alongside the resourcing of serious, organised and on-line crime. I will ensure victims have a voice and are fully supported with the services they need.

  • I will ensure that front line policing is supported and resourced in line with the needs of the public;
  • I will invest in a modern CCTV infrastructure to improve the safety of our towns and communities;
  • I will support and fund services for our youth and vulnerable groups;
  • I will work with local authority departments, charities and communities;
  • I will resource specialist units to deal with serious, organised and online crime;
  • I will prioritise the safety of our roads, targeting reckless drivers and protecting road users.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.18.56MY PROMISE to the people of Dyfed Powys is to provide a police service that will be fair, honest and reliable.

I have lived in the Dyfed Powys area all my life. As your Commissioner I would prioritise front line policing and always put victims first. I want to concentrate on the issues that matter to the people of Dyfed Powys – tackling crime and anti-social behaviour head on, strengthening community policing and combatting drugs and domestic abuse.

As your Police Commissioner, I will work with our dedicated police officers and staff, our rural and urban communities and other public bodies to deliver a police service which is strong, responsive and fair.

If you elect me on May 5th, my priorities will be:

  1. Extra police officers on the beat in towns and villages across Dyfed Powys – by shifting all possible resources to front line policing.
  2. Restoring live CCTV camera coverage at key times in antisocial behaviour and crime hotspots.
  3. A focus on combating domestic abuse and improving specialist support services in Dyfed Powys.
  4. Bringing police officers closer to the communities they serve by opening more community police rooms in schools and other local facilities.
  5. New initiatives to combat the scourge of drug dealers and drug abuse in Dyfed Powys.
  6. Establish a new Countryside Crime Unit to meet the distinct needs of our rural communities.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.19.25I WAS BORN and brought up in Brecon and I now live in Arddleen, Montgomeryshire with my wife Regine.

I spent 29 years of my life in the Dyfed-Powys Police, retiring in the rank of chief superintendent in the post of national secretary of the Superintendent’s Association of England and Wales. During my police career I worked in Carmarthen (twice), Llanelli, Fishguard, Aberystwyth, and Newtown.

I am a great supporter of the Dyfed-Powys Police and the people it serves. I believe I understand policing and know how it can be best organised to work in the interests of the public. My core beliefs are:-

  1. That policing is at its best when it is local.
  2. That cuts to front line policing and police stations should be avoided whenever possible.
  3. That where cuts have to be made they should be made to back office functions.
  4. That police officers and civilian staff need to be supported in carrying out their often difficult and dangerous duties, not criticised, as so often happens now.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.19.51YOUR safety is my priority. I grew up on a farm in Powys, before becoming an Army officer. Now I live in Carmarthenshire. I am determined to keep all our communities safe in these tough times.

Since my election as Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012, crime and anti-social behaviour are down 12%, more than anywhere else in Wales. I have delivered more police officers in our towns and villages. They are spending over 100,000 extra hours on the beat keeping you safe. I have scrapped bureaucratic targets, so officers can do what they do best – preventing crime and catching criminals.

I have saved your money to invest in frontline policing. Your police cost local households 5% less than when I was elected. I have delivered safer communities and lower household bills.

I want Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys to be even safer. I want to protect our poorest and most vulnerable; when they are safe, we are all safe.

Safer Homes. I will: increase support for victims of sexual and domestic abuse, to help them rebuild their lives; tackle drugs and alcohol; and ensure offenders pay their dues and put their lives in order.

Safer Work. I will: introduce a business forum, to protect businesses from the costs of crime; improve capacity to tackle cyber crime; support fraud victims; and prioritise road safety.

Safer Communities. I will: prioritise frontline officers, to prevent crime; introduce Special Constables for every community that wants one; and give more control to local people to tackle speeding.

I have the experience. I have the plan. Now I am asking for your support on May 5th to keep us safe for the next four years.

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Kwarteng gambles on rush for growth



CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled his and Liz Truss’s economic vision for the UK on Friday morning.

The headlines are straightforward.

There will be £45bn in tax cuts by 2027; however, the largest cuts – national insurance cuts, the abolition of the cap on bonuses and the highest income tax rate- benefit only high earners.


Cut in the basic rate of income tax to 19% from April 2023;

National Insurance will not rise as scheduled, and the Government will reverse the current year rise as of November 6;

New Health and Social Care Levy to pay for the NHS will not be introduced;

The top rate of income tax was cut from 45% to 40%;

Cancel the rise in corporation tax which was due to increase from 19% to 25% in April 2023;

Rules around universal credit tightened by reducing benefits if people don’t fulfil job search commitments;

VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors;

End of the cap on bankers’ bonuses;

Planned increases in the duties on beer, cider, wine, and spirits cancelled;

Government to discuss setting up investment zones with 38 local areas in England.

Alongside the above, the Chancellor announced plans to remove environmental safeguards for building developments and reduce the regulatory burden on financial institutions.


In an interview with Rishi Sunak during the Conservative leadership contest, Nick Robinson observed that it would be a nasty surprise for the former Chancellor when he found out who’d been in power for the last twelve years.

Kwasi Kwarteng followed Liz Truss’s preferred method of operation: he pretended they hadn’t happened.

The Chancellor comprehensively dumped on the policies pursued over the last dozen years by successive Conservative governments, for a decade of which Liz Truss has been a member.

His statement was, as one ministerial colleague said, “a game changer”, although perhaps not in the way he envisaged.

So complete was the change of economic policy that it leaves an open question about how Mr Kwarteng and his Cabinet colleagues ended up in the same political party as most of their backbench colleagues and served under the last three Conservative leaders.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves did not miss the open goal. Even as Mr Kwarteng and Ms Truss shook their heads on the government benches, she hammered home that the Chancellor’s statement was an admission the record of Conservative governments since 2010 was one of a failure to deliver growth or a viable economic plan.


The Chancellor and Prime Minister’s rationale is that cutting taxes for the already well-off will benefit all citizens as they are incentivised to invest and act in entrepreneurial ways. In addition, reducing regulation for businesses will encourage increased commercial enterprise.

They believe the growth stimulated will make up for any loss in tax revenues as increased economic activity, encouraged by lower taxes, leads to increased government revenues.

That approach is called supply-side economics, which focuses on increasing the supply of goods and services through growth.

In every developed nation where the Government’s brand of economics has been tried, two things have happened: a cataclysmic bust has followed a short-term burst of economic activity.

In addition, wealth inequalities – and the UK is already grossly unequal – are embedded and made worse.

Low taxes on the wealthiest do not distinguish between those who generate wealth through their industry or create economic activity through business investment and those who inherit wealth or sit on capital without producing anything.


Wales’s Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans MS, responded: “Rebecca Evans, Minister for Finance and Local Government, said: “Instead of delivering meaningful, targeted support to those who need help the most, the Chancellor prioritises funding for tax cuts for the rich, unlimited bonuses for bankers, and protecting the profits of big energy companies.

“Instead of increasing funding for public services in line with inflation, we get a Chancellor blithely ignoring stretched budgets as public services find their money is not going as far as it did before.”

Plaid Regional MS Cefin Campbell said: “This Budget will see the rich rejoice as their bonuses rocket and their tax bill sliced, once again it will be the poorest and most vulnerable bearing the brunt of the disastrous cost of living crisis.”

 Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson, Ben Lake MP, added: “Tax cuts for the super-rich will do absolutely nothing to drive growth in the Welsh economy.

“I urge the UK Government to recognise that our Government in Wales must be given the fiscal tools to unlock our economic potential ourselves. That is the only way to improve the lives of people across Wales.”

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Finance, Peter Fox MS, said: “Today shows that the UK Conservative Government has a comprehensive plan to provide a sharp boost to the economy by putting cash back into people’s pockets. Labour in Wales has the power to cut taxes in Wales but chooses not to.

“Mark Drakeford needs to take a leaf out of Liz Truss’ book and take immediate action to support hard-working people and struggling businesses, stimulating the Welsh economy rather than stifling it.”

Scott Corfe, Research Director at Social Market Foundation, said: “The Chancellor is taking a very high-risk gamble with the economy.

“If his package of enormous tax cuts and ‘supply side reforms’ fails to translate into significantly higher economic growth, we risk further falls in the pound and surging gilt yields as investors lose confidence in our ability to pay our way in the world.

“That, in turn, means higher inflation, an unsustainable trajectory for the public finances and steeper interest rate rises – potentially deepening rather than alleviating the cost of living crisis.”

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The world watches HM Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest in state funeral



THE QUEEN’S state funeral is taking place with ceremonial processions in London and Windsor today. This is the latest update at 12:40pm.

The UK’s longest-serving monarch will be laid to rest after a state funeral.

The Royal Family, world leaders and dignitaries have descended on Westminster Abbey to honour the life of Queen Elizabeth II, after her death at the age of 96.

At 10.44am, the Queen’s coffin travelled from the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral.

This is a very short journey, and was not be part of the public procession.

The state funeral service

The state funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster and The Sermon and the Commendation will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

During the Service, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth read Lessons.

The Archbishop of York, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Churches Moderator said prayers.

The Procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch

At the end of the Service, Her Majesty’s coffin wase borne to Wellington Arch, via The Mall on the State Gun Carriage.

The King’s Guard gave a Royal Salute as the Coffin passes the Queen Victoria Memorial.

All processions and services are being broadcast on near-all national television and radio channels.

Once the coffin reaches Wellington Arch, it will be placed in the State Hearse. The parade will give a Royal Salute and the National Anthem will be played as the State Hearse begins its journey to Windsor.

Procession from Albert Hall, Windsor to St George’s Chapel

When the Coffin reaches Windsor, the State Hearse will slow to join a Procession to be formed up on Albert Road to travel via the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel. Members of the Royal Family will join the Procession in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. Minute Guns will be fired on the East Lawn, Windsor Castle by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and Sebastopol Bell and the Curfew Tower Bell will be tolled throughout the Procession.

The Procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel where a Guard of Honour, found by the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, will be mounted. The Queen’s Coffin will be borne in Procession into the Chapel.

The Committal Service

The Committal Service will begin at 4pm, and alongside His Majesty The King and Members of the Royal Family, the congregation will be made up of past and present members of The Queen’s Household, including from the private estates. Also in attendance will be Governors General and Realm Prime Ministers.

The Service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, with prayers said by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park. The Choir of St George’s Chapel will sing during the Service.

Prior to the final Hymn, the Imperial State Crown, the Orb and the Sceptre will be removed from Her Majesty The Queen’s Coffin, and placed on the Altar. At the end of the final Hymn, The King will place The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty’s Coffin. At the same time, The Lord Chamberlain will “break” his Wand of Office and place it on the Coffin.

As The Queen’s Coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor will say a Psalm and the Commendation before Garter King of Arms pronounces Her Majesty’s styles and titles. The Sovereign’s Piper will play a Lament and The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing. The National Anthem will be sung at the conclusion of the Service.

Not seen on the streets of London since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965, the State Gun Carriage will be pulled by 98 Royal Navy sailors, with a further 40 marching behind acting as brakes. The King and Members of the Royal Family will again follow The Queen’s Coffin in Procession. The Procession will include detachments from the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth, as well as detachments of the British Armed Forces who held a special relationship with The Queen.

A Private Burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel later that evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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Arrangements for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen



THE TRAGIC death of Queen Elizabeth II set into motion an intricate period of mourning across the country, which will close with her State Funeral on Monday, September 19. 

Arrangements for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch’s funeral have been carefully detailed for many years. The Queen herself signed off on every detail before her death. The details were kept private until King Charles III gave his final seal of approval. 

The State Funeral of HRH Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday (Sep 19) at 11.00am. 

Following the Queen’s death, her oak coffin—draped with the Royal Standard for Scotland and a wreath of flowers—sat in the ballroom at Balmoral, where estate staff had the chance to pay their last respects.

On Sunday morning, gamekeepers carried her coffin to a waiting hearse before she left Balmoral for the final time. 

The first stage of the Queen’s journey saw the royal cortege travel to Edinburgh and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. 

An honour guard made up of the Royal Regiment of Scotland greeted the hearse in Edinburgh with a royal salute before the coffin was transferred to the Throne Room by a military bearer party.

On Monday, September 12, a procession was formed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to convey the coffin to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. 

The King and members of the Royal family took part in the procession and attended a service in St Giles’ Cathedral where they received the coffin. 

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was laid in St Giles’ Cathedral, guarded by Vigils from The Royal Company of Archers, to allow those in Scotland to pay their respects. 

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13, The Queen’s coffin travelled from Scotland by  Royal Air Force aircraft from Edinburgh Airport. It arrived at RAF Northolt on Tuesday evening. The coffin was accompanied on its journey by The Princess Royal. 

The Queen’s coffin was then conveyed to Buckingham Palace by road, to rest in the Bow Room. 

The coffin was received by her family in a small private ceremony before her official lying in state. 

On Wednesday, September 14, the coffin was borne in procession on a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. 

The Procession travelled via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard. 

After the coffin arrived at Westminster Hall, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted a short service assisted by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, and attended by The King and Members of the Royal Family, after which the Lying-in-State began.

During the Lying-in-State, members of the public will have the opportunity to visit Westminster Hall to pay their respects to The Queen. 

Members of the public were able to file past the Queen’s coffin during its first full day of lying-in-state at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

Brass plaques in the 11th-century hall mark the spots where Edward VII lay in state in 1910, George V in 1936, George VI in 1952 and Queen Mary a year later. The hall, which is 900 years old, is also where wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill lay in state in 1965.

The Queen was laid-in-state in Westminster Hall until 6.30am Monday (Sep 19) morning. The coffin will then travel in a procession led by King Charles III and his family when it is moved at 10.44am from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. 

He will walk with the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex and behind the quartet will be the Queen’s grandsons, Peter Phillips, Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales.

The Queen’s coffin will be carried during the procession on a 123-year-old gun carriage towed by 98 Royal Navy sailors in a tradition which dates back to the funeral of Queen Victoria.

The procession will be led by a massed Pipes & Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force.

It will arrive at the west gate of Westminster Abbey at 10.52am when the bearer party will lift the coffin from the gun carriage and carry it into the Abbey for the state funeral service.

The service will begin at 11am and will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster.

Westminster Abbey has a capacity of approximately 2,200 people.

Heads of state and dignitaries from around the world are expected to be invited to the British capital to join members of the royal family to celebrate the Queen’s life and unwavering service to the nation and Commonwealth. The majority of leaders were asked to take commercial flights to London for the funeral. 

Many members of royal families across Europe are expected to attend the funeral. The White House has confirmed the attendance of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. 

Leaders from across the Commonwealth, of which the Queen served as head for the entirety of her reign, are expected to attend. Many other world leaders are also expected to attend the funeral. 

At approximately 11.55am the Last Post will sound, followed by two minutes of silence to be observed in the Abbey and throughout the UK.

Reveille, the national anthem and a lament played by the Queen’s piper will bring the state funeral service to an end at around noon.

After the service, the Queen’s coffin will be returned to the gun carriage by the bearer party and a procession will travel to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park.

At Wellington Arch the royal family will watch as the Queen’s coffin is transferred to the new state hearse, before it begins its journey to Windsor Castle.

At 3.06pm, the state hearse will approach Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road, Windsor, and join the procession which will be in position.

At 3.10pm the procession will step off via Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (South and West sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.

At approximately 3.40 pm the King and other members of the Royal Family who are walking in the procession join it at the Quadrangle on the North side as it passes into Engine Court.

At 3.53pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister.

The Queen will be laid to rest following a committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, which will begin at 4pm.

She will be interred with the Duke of Edinburgh in King George VI’s Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in a private service at 7.30pm on Monday.

The burial service, conducted by the Dean of Windsor and attended by the King and royals, will remain entirely private.

Britain is projected to spend an estimated £78 million on Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

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