Phillip Ross. Labour Candidate. Police and Crime Commissioner for Herts.
Labour Party Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner
I am extremely proud and touched to have been selected as Labour candidate to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire in the elections next year. These elections offer us a huge opportunity to build on the effective organising base that was built up during Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure. The conditions for winning are good, with a resurgent thoughtful Labour leadership contrasting with a happy-go-lucky but incompetent Conservative government. A call for change and offer of a competent alternative is gaining momentum.
The need for change and a counterweight to an out-of-touch Government has never been greater. The post COVID19 world increasingly looks like one of austerity. The need for secure communities and personal safety will rise high among people’s concerns.
Sustainable and adequate funding of our first responders – police and fire in particular – needs to of the highest priority and making sure that sure that those funds are spent correctly. I make no apologies for saying that policing resources need to be targeted to fight both crime and the causes of crime. That the police are integral part of our communities – at a county, district and neighbourhood
As the mist from COVID19 clears new concerns will arise, but old ones will re-emerge. One of my campaigning priorities will include tackling the issue of drugs in our county, in particular the so-called ‘county-lines’ drugs that has been targeting school age children across the county. It wrecks lives, damages families and undermines our communities.
As for myself, I live in Letchworth Garden City, I am married with 3 children. My wife works for the NHS, I work as self-employed business consultant. I am currently working in cyber-security. Twenty years ago I was a founder and founding-director of the Association of Independent Professionals and Self-employed (IPSE), which is like a trade union for the self-employed and which now represents over 30,000 members. I am the Ambassador for the Self-Employment for Co-operatives(UK). I published author on Garden Cities.
I am politically active with Labour Business, though I have previously been a Parliamentary candidate. I know Hertfordshire well. As as Hitchin and Letchworth, I have worked in Stevenage, Royston, Welwyn and Hatfield. I l know Hemel Hempstead well from when I worked for Tony McWalter MP.
I hope that all members, CLPs and councillors and future candidate can work with me to build manifesto for this election. I hope we can build themes that can woven into all of our campaigns and beyond. It is my goal to consult with all members and CLPs on this. I hope too whether in person or via ZOOM (or similar) to engage with all CLPs across the County.
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PHILIP ROSS BA(Hons) CENG CITP
Philip Ross has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Police Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire. He is married with three children and lives in Letchworth Garden City.
Philip is a leading campaigner in the freelancing movement. He was one of the founding members of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) in 1999. Today he is the Ambassador for Self-employment for Cooperatives(UK). He is also a non-executive director of Indycube – a network of independent workspaces for the self-employed.
He works as a self-employed business consultant currently specialising in digital transformation and cyber-security projects. Though in 1996/7 he was one of the backroom group of computer programmers that converted all the electoral registers so that they could used for voter-id in the landslide victory.
He is politically active with the Labour Business socialist society where he runs the freelancing policy group and is a regular speaker on the Labour Conference fringe. He has stood as a parliamentary candidate (in North East Bedfordshire) and previously worked for Tony McWalter the former Hemel Hempstead MP.
He is also a published author on Garden Cities and international speaker on the topic of sustainable communities and community land.