Home Secretary the Rt Hon Theresa May MP came to Shropshire on Friday to support Adrian Blackshaw’s campaign to become the first Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.
Speaking at a fundraising event at Ludlow Racecourse, the Home Secretary said: “West Mercia has an excellent candidate in Adrian Blackshaw whose military background and career in business makes him well placed to hold the West Mercia Police Force accountable. I am delighted that his top priority is cutting crime and I know he will be responsive to concerns of local residents.
The election of police and crime commissioners will give the public a direct say in how their communities are policed for the first time. They are a fundamental part of our reforms to make sure the police are well-led, efficient and single-minded about fighting crime.”
Adrian Blackshaw said: "This is a courageous decision by Government to create 41 independent free thinking Police & Crime Commissioners in England and Wales. If elected I look forward to working closely with the Chief Constable to deliver a first class police service in Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire".
All 13 constituencies within the West Mercia Force area were well represented by MPs, conservative supporters and other politically non-aligned local residents supporting Adrian Blackshaw’s campaign at the sell-out dinner at Ludlow Racecourse which raised funds for Adrian Blackshaw’s campaign.