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  • Callum Robertson CAB visit
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    Today, Callum Robertson, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner continued his listening tour of community organisations Essex with a virtual visit to the South Essex Citizens Advice Bureau.

    Katherine, the CEO of the South Essex CAB branch, which covers Basildon, Brentwood, Thurrock, Rayleigh and Castle Point met with Callum Robertson to discuss how the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex can best support the third sector in the delivery of frontline services.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Callum Robertson in 1828

    Most readers will not have been following the upcoming police (fire) and crime commissioner elections which are due to occur in May 2021. Though given the lack of publicity around the elections and historical turnout levels, this isn't terribly surprising.

    Police and crime commissioners first came into being in 2012. The first set of elections had a turnout of just 15.1 per cent, with the second elections in 2016 hitting the dizzy heights of a 26.6 per cent, although turnout was higher in areas with additional elections happening at the same time. With the next set of elections due in May 2021 alongside a bumper crop of other elections, the turnout should improve dramatically.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2020
    By Callum Robertson for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On May 25th, George Floyd was brutally murdered by American Police Officers, sparking protests in the USA that then spread across the world, including to here in the United Kingdom where protesters highlighted racial disparities in stop and search statistics and UK complicity in the slave trade.

    In 2012, the first Police and Crime Commissioners were elected across England and Wales with responsibility for producing a crime plan, managing the police budget and most importantly, bringing a directly accountable figurehead to policing here in England and Wales. It is the latter point which makes the 2021 set of Police and Crime Commissioner elections that are being held in the shadow of the Black Lives Matter movement, so important.

  • Callum Robertson BBC look east
    Article: Sep 10, 2020

    Essex Liberal Democrat candidate for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Callum Robertson set out his plan for an Essex-wide listening tour where he will be talking to local charities on the frontline of delivering criminal justice services ahead of setting out his manifesto for the May elections.

    Robertson, who has worked with domestic violence victims both at the Ministry of Justice and a leading children's charity, has a track record helping victims seek legal recourse.

  • Shop Local Campaign
    Petition: Jul 7, 2020

    Maldon Liberal Democrats latest campaign aims to encourage our communities in our towns and villages, to help support local businesses to survive and then thrive in these extraordinary times.

    Having worked hard to collect the views of local businesses over the last few weeks, Colin Baldy, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, said, "These fantastic small, local businesses - our farm shops to our pharmacies - plus the selfless volunteers which we've heard about, who work in our hardware shops and our leisure centres. They have all helped to keep our communities fed and supplied with essentials throughout the coronavirus lockdown. Now we need to make sure we thank and support them for their efforts. That means helping our high streets survive in the immediate future and then to thrive in the face of difficult times ahead and as we begin to emerge from lockdown and as we reach the end of the Brexit transition period at the end of the year."

    "The current crisis has been challenging for us all as individuals and businesses. We have all faced significant upheaval and made sacrifices in all aspects of our life. Now we look forward to seeing our brilliant communities pull together, supporting jobs in our towns and villages by shopping locally and within safety guidelines."

    Over the coming weeks the Maldon Liberal Democrats will be encouraging local businesses to share each other's content and to work together online to raise awareness of their products.

    In addition Colin added, "We will continue to push our local Conservative MP and district council to provide as much support to businesses and individuals to keep the economy moving as possible."