Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomes Jane Kennedy as Labour's candidate for Merseyside Police Commissioner
Sefton Central Labour MP said Jane Kennedy will be a strong campaigning police commissioner for Merseyside.
Speaking at the launch of Jane's campaign to be the first Merseyside Police Commissioner Bill said Jane would fight hard for the county.
Labour Party members from throughout Merseyside selected Jane to be the party's candidate.
Bill said Jane was a hardworking campaigner.
Bill said: "Throughout the local elections this year, Jane was a regular face on the doorstep in Sefton as she joined us on the campaign trail.
"She will be a great police commissioner, but we have a lot of campaigning to do between now and November.
"Jane is already planning to come out with us in Sefton Central this week to knock on doors and hear what concerns people have in this borough.
"That is what we need from a police commissioner. Someone who will make decisions in the interests of the people in the communities. That's what Jane will do. She will listen to the people of Sefton and she will act in the interests of the people of Sefton."
Bill said the new police commissioner will have to deal with huge Tory-Lib Dem government cuts to Merseyside Police.
Bill said: "Jane has already said that if she is successful in November, as the new police commissioner, she will have to deal with a police force which has had its numbers slashed.
"Here in Merseyside alone, as many as 500 police officers have been cut. These are front line police officers who are vital to tackling crime in Merseyside.
"We've already heard warning from the Police Federation and leading police officers up and down the country that the Tory-Lib Dem government's cuts are undermining the fight against crime.
"Jane Kennedy recognises that and she will fight to champion our force in Merseyside and the communities it serves."