Support is mounting for Steve Turner as the Conservatives look to end Labour's disastrous leadership of Cleveland Police
Support for Steve Turner's campaign to be elected Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is mounting after years of Labour mismanagement. Mr Turner, the Conservative Cleveland PCC candidate, received backing in Parliament from the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister on Monday.
And prominent knife crime campaigner, Theresa Cave, added to the voices praising the Conservative candidate for the work he is already doing to reduce violent crime in the Cleveland Police area.
Today in Parliament, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, enthusiastically told the House of Commons that she will be visiting Teesside to support Mr Turner's campaign and to help turn the force around.
Redcar's Conservative MP, Jacob Young, asked the Home Secretary: "Last year you were more likely to be a victim of violent crime in Cleveland than anywhere else in the country.
"Does the Home Secretary agree with me that it's vital that we end Labour's running of Cleveland Police and elect a Conservative Police and Commissioner, Steve Turner, on May the 6th?
"And will she visit Teesside to meet our 159 new police officers doing all they can to make our area safe?"
"You bet, absolutely," Mrs Patel said.
"And my Hon Friend will absolutely know of the support that we are giving to Cleveland Police in particular, that have had a particularly difficult time.
"But I will join him and others campaigning to absolutely get the right outcome in Police and Crime Commissioner elections."
Mr Turner also received the backing of Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse.
Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, asked the Minister to consider Mr Turner's request for funding to be reviewed so that Cleveland Police can access future rounds of Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) Funding.
Mr Clarke said: "Will he meet with Steve Turner and myself to discuss this issue and unlock violence reduction unit funding for Cleveland?"
Mr Malthouse said: "I would of course be happy to meet with him.
"He is right that Cleveland missed out last time on VRU funding, falling just outside the funding formula.
"But I'd be happy to talk to him about what we can do to help the Police and Crime Commissioner, which hopefully will be a Conservative after the May elections, but also the Chief Constable, to tackle some of the violent crime that plagues parts of Cleveland and bring it peace and light into the future."
Local knife crime campaigner, Theresa Cave, of the Chris Cave foundation welcomed Mr Malthouse's comments.
She said: "I wish all the candidates well in the upcoming PCC elections.
"But credit where credit is due, Steve Turner is obviously fighting hard to ensure we get the opportunity to have a serious violence reduction unit in Cleveland.
"Since 2005 the Chris Cave Foundation has worked to support and educate families and communities affected by violent crime and the addition of a SVU is something I've long called for. "
Mr Turner said: "In just over a month's time, we have the chance to start doing for Cleveland Police what Ben Houchen is already doing for the Tees Valley.
"Labour's leadership of Cleveland Police has been a complete failure. And last week their candidate dropped out of this campaign, proving they’re not serious about putting in the work.
"I have always been fully committed to this role and I was delighted to receive such strong backing from the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister today and I was moved by the kind words from Mrs Cave.
"With their support, along with the backing of our Tees Valley Mayor and the Conservative MPs that are already changing the face of Teesside, I know that we can turn Cleveland Police into a force we are all proud of.
"To support our police officers, to be on the side of victims and to put the pride back into Cleveland Police, vote Conservative on May 6."
Steve Turner, the Conservative candidate for Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, is campaigning to be elected on May 6 to end Labour's disastrous running of the force.
Under the leadership of Labour PCC, Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police saw a monumental decline in standards which reached a head in 2019 when the force was rated the worst performing in England by a report from HMIC.
On the release of the HMIC report, Mr Coppinger pledged to stand down and subsequently resigned in September 2020.
Dr Paul Williams was the Labour Candidate until last week, when he stood aside to stand for the upcoming Hartlepool Byelection. Labour are expected to name a replacement within the next two weeks.
So far the only other named candidate is Redcar Councillor, Chris Jones, standing for the Liberal Democrats.