A WIRRAL businessman has been selected by the Conservatives to be their candidate in this autumn’s elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.
Geoff Gubb, 58, said key elements of the job would be to challenge police and transparency in decision-making.
Mr Gubb said whoever was eventually elected would face “a challenge”, and added: “The new commissioner will not be able to look at what people have done in the past because it’s a new job. It will be a steep learning curve.”
Mr Gubb, who is originally from south Liverpool and went to the Blue Coat School, joined Toxteth Conservatives at age 18.
He now lives in Wirral, where he joined Wirral West Conservative Association, and now works as an emergency planning and crisis management consultant.
For the last 10 years he has been a governor at a secondary special educational needs school.
Mr Gubb said: “When I was selected by the Conservatives across Merseyside I had an understanding that impartiality is so important to the person elected to this role.
“To some extent some of that has come out from the Hillsborough report. Would that situation have been different if there had been a person who was impartial – it might not have affected the dreadful incident occurring, but might not have allowed the last 20 plus years to have gone on in the way it did.”
Among his opponents in the election will be former Wavertree Labour MP Jane Kennedy and former Liverpool Liberal Democrat leader Paula Keaveney.
Once elected the Commissioners will have the authority to control budgets, influence police strategy and the power to hire and fire Chief Constables.
Elections will be held in all 41 provincial Forces in November and the successful candidate in Merseyside will be appointed for four years earning a salary of £85,000.