Joy Garner – Labour’s candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Police & Crime Commissioners will affect us all in some way. Like many, I opposed their introduction because they will be expensive and there are not enough checks and balances in the system. The money for holding the elections would be better spent on more police officers. But now we have them we must stand up for our communities against the damage the Tories are doing.

I can’t stand aside while cut after cut is made to our police and jobs are being lost and privatised. When Labour left office there were record numbers of police and the chance of being a victim of crime was at its lowest since records began. Those days seem long ago. Under this government over 5,000 police officers have already gone from 999 response and neighbourhood policing teams. As a member of Staffordshire Police Authority I can already see the consequences. Across the whole county there are only 17 police officers under the age of 25.

My platform:

  • I will work to steer our young people away from crime.
  • I will resist further cuts to front line policing – the thin blue line must not get thinner.
  • I will oppose the privatisation of services.
  • The victims of crime must receive the support they need.
  • Local people must have a say in how their area is policed.
  • The independence of Staffordshire Police should be retained – I will not support mergers with other forces.
  • Neighbourhood policing – a Labour achievement – must be protected.

I believe I have the skills and experience to lead an improving police force which is truly accountable to the people of Staffordshire.

Originally published on  Top of the


Police and Crime Commissioner Hustings

We are pleased to announce that we have secured an additional hustings for young members to quiz, candidates debate, and find out who to vote for in Labour’s search for the Staffordshire PCC candidate in November 2012.

Date: Wednesday 6th June 2012, 19.00pm – 20.30pm
Location: Stafford
Venue: GMB Offices, Mill Street, ST16 2JA
A google map is available here: 
The format for the event is proposed as follows:

Candidates will outline their stall with initial presentations

Key Topic Discussions:
– How will Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner represent young people and our community?
– What challenges do you envision for the next 4 years that will directly affect young people?
– Describe the role of young members in the campaign to get you elected as Staffordshire’s PCC.

Then we will open up to questions from the floor for a maximum of 30 minutes. 

If you are able to come please let us know, we look forward to seeing you there, but we want to make sure our venue can cater for all needs. 

It is a ground floor use facility so anyone with wheelchair access needs will be accommodated. If there are any other needs we need to cater for please let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure they are addressed.

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Season’s Greetings

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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High Speed Rail 2 Debate

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Members of Staffordshire Young Labour were present at the debate, held by Tristram Hunt MP for Stoke Central, on High Speed Rail 2 and its effects on Staffordshire and the Stoke on Trent area. Our Secretary, Rowan Draper, asked the panel about how the government can afford HS2 when it has cut the Future Jobs Fund, abolished EMA and trebled Tuition Fees.


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Michael Cashman launches Staffordshire Young Labour

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Members of Young Labour from across Staffordshire met today in the county town of Stafford to forge a dynamic and new bond that will see them leading Staffordshire with Labour values.

Michael Cashman MEP, for the West Midlands, spoke at the event and discussed a number of topics including the benefits of the European Union on the #LabourDoorstep as the Coalition Government draws close to debating whether to fund a third national vote  since writing the coalition agreement, having already funded the referendum on the Alternative Vote and the timetabled Police and Crime Commissioners for November 2012.

The event also enabled elections of the County-wide Officers who will lead and support Young Labour:

Chair – Danny Walker

Secretary – Rowan Draper

Campaigns Officer – Carrie Martin

The new team outlined their vision for Staffs Young Labour and how they were going to achieve it before launching their social media tools on Twitter, Email and this website to the membership.

The final debate of the day included the priority campaign for the next 12 months and members decided that they wanted to support the Labour Students campaign for the Living Wage in the county currently being toured around Universities by former Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon David Miliband MP for South Shields.

Before closing the event members shared local musical delicacies that show the pride for their town and city. We thought we’d post them here to ensure all our Staffs Young Labour members got a chance to see them:

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Michael Cashman MEP comes to Staffs Young Labour

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Our first County-wide meeting will take place on Saturday 22nd October, at 11am in Stafford (GMB Offices, Mill Street, Stafford, ST16 2AJ).

We will be joined by Michael Cashman MEP, who will be speaking and taking questions from members.  Michael is the Region’s only Labour MEP and is also the Chair of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee.  Michael has been an MEP since 1999 and before that had a distinguished career as an actor, most famously appearing in Eastenders.  Since becoming an MEP Michael has become a champion for Development issues as well as Equality and was named MEP of the Year in 2007.  He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate byStaffordshire University for his work in the field of Human Rights.

We will also be electing County-wide officers for the group at the meeting.  If you are interested in standing for Chair, Secretary or Campaigns Officer please email us at

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