Tony Lloyd is Labour’s candidate for the job of “Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester” which is a police oversight role with significant powers attached (like the ability to fire Manchester’s top cop). Over the past few weeks he has been making the rounds of local Greater Manchester Labour explaining the position and making his case.
We first ran into the candidate’s roadshow in September at the Blue Tiffin, Royton where the event was organised Muz Khan where a who’s who of Labour people from the area attended. More than 100 diverse guests were invited and came from all around Greater Manchester, with a strong presence by the Manchester councillors and Tony Lloyd crew such as Luthfur Raman and Afzal Khan. Also from Manchester was Councillor Afia Kamal. Rochdale’s Farooq Ahmed was there too and from Oldham Shoab Akhtar and Fidda Hussain all of whom were entertained by the popular Panche dancers…
A week later we also saw a good turn out at the Last Monsoon in Stockport where we met new Councillor Lauren Booth of Offerton – and this week it was Rochdale’s turn to be host at Councillor Farooq’s own Veenas Restaurant in Heywood again many turned out on the now-winter nights. This time around the majority of those present were from the Rochdale, Heywood, Milnrow areas but Councillors Malik and Jabbar from Oldham also braved the rain to show their support and all greatly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment by the awesome “Patelvis”.
This friday was Saddleworth’s turn with an event at the splendid Saddleworth Hotel organised by Councillor Kaiser Rahman. The event was notably attended by MP’s Debbie Abrahams and Micheal Meacher, Cllr Nasir Ahmed from Walsall and from Oldham, Councillors Shoab Akhtar and Abdul Jabar. Also in attendance were Trupti and Jagdish Patel from the local Indian Association and members of the local business community who were treated to show of razzle-dazzle fund-raising by Muz Khan.
Pictures from Royton and Stockport events.
While Labour may be philosophically unhappy with the idea of an individual police commissioner versus a watchdog committee, those we met at the events thought he was a good man for the job, actually – the man for the job – and in speeches cited his experience, character and impressive history serving in significant roles within the parliamentary party.
About Tony Lloyd (Wikipedia).
Look at it this way: You gotta be careful who you give the Bat-Signal to.
In all seriousness – accidentally letting some Joker get elected the would be bad.
Not just for Greater Manchester and the North-West.
For the country.