Home - #JP4PCC //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/ Prescott to launch major drugs summit to tackle reoffending <p><img src="/assets/pages/43/jonyvette.jpg" alt="jonyvette.jpg" /></p> <p>John Prescott has promised if elected Police and Crime Commissioner to launch a major drugs summit to tackle the re offending of problem drugs users who commit crime to fuel their addiction.</p> <p>His intention is to develop an early intervention programme for East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire to stop reoffending drug users committing more crime. This will form part of his Police and Crime Plan, if elected in November.</p><p>Figures obtained from the region’s Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have revealed there are more than 6,400 problem drug users in North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and Hull – with the East Yorkshire city the highest area in the region with 3,700 alone.</p> <p>In North Lincolnshire those in treatment are predominantly aged between 26-45 (69%), are white (97%) and heroin is their drug of choice (68%), with many have also have a problem with alcohol (17%).</p> <p>Labour’s candidate visited the Drug Interventions Programme at Scunthorpe Safer Neighbourhoods, Shelford House in Scunthorpe with Yvette Cooper the Shadow Home Secretary and local MP Nic Dakin today.</p> <p>John Prescott said:</p> <p>“I’m especially concerned about the use of drugs in schools both within the school and outside them.</p> <p>“A NHS national survey revealed the proportion of pupils taking drugs by age: 11 year olds 4.5%, 12 year olds 4.4%, 13 year olds 8.1% 14 year olds 14.5% and 15 year olds 25.2%. What is the position in schools in the Humberside police region? A caretaker told me that he was used to picking up used needles early in the morning at his school.</p> <p>“More needs to be done to target and intervene quickly with drug misusing offenders to reduce the harm to our community. Better screening is needed for drug users who commit 'trigger' offences such as shoplifting and burglary in order to get them into treatment earlier in the cycle of drug use and reduce the harm to the individuals, communities and businesses of Humberside.</p> <p>“Greater use of conditional cautions should be explored to filter out offenders into rehabilitation programmes combined with a more co-ordinated effort between local action groups, the police, and the criminal justice system in order to reduce re-offending</p> <p>“Better information needs to be provided to local communities and parents to equip them to identify potential drug use within their area and in children. With more localised information on new drugs and trends and how potential use can be identified.</p> <p>“It is my intention if elected to call together an urgent meeting of all the interested parties in our area to assess the full extent of the problem to formulate a more effective policy to tackle the growing problem in our schools and beyond.”</p> <p>Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, who joined John in Scunthorpe, said:</p> <p>"The misuse of drugs is a root cause of a huge number of crimes and John is absolutely right to be tackling it head on.</p> <p>"Labour's approach has always been to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. That helped bring crime down by over 40%.</p> <p>"Unfortunately Tory led government is putting all this at risk by cutting over 15,000 police officers and undermining prevention. Communities will suffer as a result.</p> <p>"That's why we need John as Labour Police &amp; Crime Commissioner working with communities to prevent crime, and keeping the pressure up against Government cuts - instead of Tory cheerleaders for cuts who will let communities down.</p> <p>"People across this area don't want to lose over 400 police officers from Humberside police. These elections are the chance to send a message to the Government that they are cutting policing too far and too fast."</p> <p> </p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:23:00 +0100 Team Prezza //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/_prescott_to_launch_major_drugs_summit_to_tackle_reoffending Prescott Plans A 'Plan B' To Stop Police Cuts <p><img src="/assets/pages/42/johnprezza.jpg" alt="johnprezza.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>LABOUR'S candidate for Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner John Prescott today launches his campaign, promising to come up with a 'Plan B' to</strong><br /><strong>protect cuts to frontline police.</strong><br /><br />New figures reveal 121 frontline Humberside Police officers have already been axed in the last two years because of the Government's 20% cut to police budgets.</p><p>Humberside Police has said it would have to cut frontline police numbers by 21% by 2015 to meet the budget cuts.<br /><br />But a new analysis from the House of Commons Library of Home Office figures reveals the number of frontline police officers has been reduced from 1,628 in 2010 to 1,507 in March 2012 - a cut of 7% in two years.<br /><br />The former Deputy Prime Minister will be travelling East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in a mini-bus - designed to be a mobile consultation surgery - where people can talk to John about their concerns about crime.<br /><br />He will be joined by his campaign's Police Advisor, former Humberside Police Chief Superintendent Keith Hunter who retired last year after 30 years in the force.<br /><br />Mr Hunter has a proven track record of reducing crime on the North and South Bank of the Humber and as divisional commander of Hull, presided over a 40% reduction in crime.<br /><br />John Prescott said: "We always warned this Tory-led Government that cutting police budgets by 20% was too far and too fast and would make it harder to reduce crime.<br /><br />"Now according to these new figures, 121 frontline officers have already disappeared from Humberside Police since 2010. That's a 7% cut in less than two years.<br /><br />"This will rise to more than 436 axed police officers by 2015, 249 of them lost from the frontline. These severe cuts will clearly impact on the force's ability to fight crime.<br /><br />"Labour's more proportionate police budget cuts plan of 12% over a Parliament was shown by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, and work by the previous Government, to be deliverable without impacting on frontline services.<br /><br />"That's why I'm urgently working on a Plan B to look at other options to defend frontline policing and maintain confidence in the force.<br /><br />"The public will help me write our manifesto because they should have a greater say over the direction of local policing. It shouldn't be left to amateur and inexperienced politicians with unworkable ideas designed to grab headlines.<br /><br />"It's clear Tory Police and Crime Commissioner candidates are effectively going to be cheerleaders for the police cuts and are too scared to stand up for our communities.<br /><br />"If elected, I'll make sure the public are heard and protected from these frontline cuts."<br /> <br /><br /><strong>John has five campaign pledges he would carry out if elected:</strong><br /><br />1. Keep our police force public, more accountable and observing national standards<br /><br />with total opposition to the privatisation of front line services.<br /><br />2. Give the community a greater say in the drafting of the new five-year Police and<br /><br />Crime plan. This shouldn't be left to those who think they know best.<br /><br />3. Greater co-ordination between the community, local partnerships, neighbourhood<br /><br />watch groups, the police and probation officers to reduce crime.<br /><br />4. Better support for the victims of crime, giving them more of a say in how<br /><br />criminals should pay back to society through community service.<br /><br />5. Be a strong public voice for our police force and community at a national and<br /><br />Parliamentary level. He will be a full-time and local Commissioner, decentralising<br /><br />power and holding regular police surgeries with the public across the region.<br /><br /><br />John said of his mobile consultation: "It is important when setting policies that directly affect everyone in the region that we listen to what people want.<br /><br />"I want to act as a people's voice, addressing the concerns of the public and ensuring their police service is the best it can be.<br /><br />"As well as drawing up cohesive social and policing policy, it is vital that we listen to the people. They can also phone and email me with their ideas on what the local policing priorities should be."<br /><br /><br /><strong>People are encouraged to email their ideas and contact John by emailing john@johnprescott.org.uk or calling 07789 435322</strong></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:30:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/prescott_plans_a_plan_b_to_stop_police_cuts Prescott spells out why he's standing for Police and Crime Commissioner <p><strong><img src="/assets/pages/40/prescott1.jpg" alt="prescott1.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong>John Prescott tells the Yorkshire Post on how greater co-operation between agencies and police will beat crime. </strong></p> <p>“This week I was in Scunthorpe and went to a mosque and asked them what their priorities were. They didn’t come out with a whole list of crimes of burglary, or murder, or whatever. What they did say is they are fed up of people being drunk in the streets and sleeping in the streets."</p><p><a href="//www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/features/john-prescott-why-i-can-be-hull-s-batman-1-4832849" target="_blank">//www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/features/john-prescott-why-i-can-be-hull-s-batman-1-4832849</a></p> <p>They want the streets to be cleared and free. An awful lot of antisocial activity, while not being a crime, is what causes the greatest offence.</p> <p>“I think we are getting into a phase that attracted me – the social aspect of it which does lead to antisocial behaviour is something you can deal with in a different way. That will open up a debate on crime in a way that hasn’t taken place in this country. Its always been about police numbers.</p> <p>“What challenges me is the community have come up with the idea that you leave all of this to the council or the police or the government, but they are affected most by the antisocial behaviour, so why don’t they do it more.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:59:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/prescott_spells_out_why_he_s_standing_for_police_and_crime_commissioner Prescott demands answers on vandalised memorial in Grimsby <p><strong><img src="/assets/pages/39/prescott3.jpg" alt="Photo by This is Grimsby" /></strong></p> <p><strong>John Prescott talks to the Grimsby Telegraph on why he's demands answers for anti-social behaviour in Grimsby.</strong></p> <p>John Prescott arrived in Grimsby’s St James’ Square, and immediately demanded to know who was responsible for vandalism to the Fishermen’s Memorial.</p> <p>Several tiles on which the memorial stands have been deliberately smashed.</p><p>As soon as he saw the destruction to the memorial, the candidate for the role of Police Crime Commissioner said: “I am going to be looking for the antisocial lout that did this.”</p> <p><a href="//www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/John-Prescott-demands-answers-visiting-vandalised/story-16734442-detail/story.html" target="_blank">//www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/John-Prescott-demands-answers-visiting-vandalised/story-16734442-detail/story.html</a></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:55:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/prescott_demands_answers_on_vandalised_memorial_in_grimsby Prescott says better community policing will cut crime in Scunthorpe <p><strong><img src="/assets/pages/38/prescott2.jpg" alt="prescott2.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong>John Prescott tells the Scunthorpe Telegraph why better community policing will help cut crime in the town.</strong></p> <p>John said he would aim to regain the streets of North Lincolnshire, with community policing at the top of his priorities.</p> <p>He visited the area's Neighbourhood Action Teams, Westcliff Community Centre, the Central Community Centre, Central Mosque and the CCTV control centre.</p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><a href="//www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/POLL-Police-chief-job-hopefuls-Lord-John-Prescott/story-16718884-detail/story.html" target="_blank">//www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/POLL-Police-chief-job-hopefuls-Lord-John-Prescott/story-16718884-detail/story.html</a></p> <p>He said: "The difficulties that people are facing and complaining about are anti-social issues, such as drink and drugs.</p> <p>"Today has given me chance to get a reflection of the problems that an elected commissioner will have to deal with.</p> <p>"I aim to be the voice of the people and I want the community to tell me what they want in this policing plan.</p> <p>"I want to make it clear that we want to regain the streets.</p> <p>"I have heard concerns about people having to deal with walking over street drinkers and beer cans on the street and this is not acceptable."</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:51:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/prescott_says_better_community_policing_will_cut_crime_in_scunthorpe Thank You! <p><strong>I am really honoured to have been chosen by Labour members to be their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.</strong> <br /><br />I'd like to thank my opponent &amp; his team for a lively campaign and hope they can help us secure a Labour win in November. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong>I intend to spend the next few months travelling the region listening to the people. From south bank to north bank, from village to city. I will be the People's Voice. THEY will shape their policing priorities with the police NOT Whitehall.</strong></p><p> If you'd like join my campaign please go to <a href="//johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/volunteer" target="_blank">//johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/volunteer</a></p> <p>Yours,</p> <p>JP</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:59:00 +0100 John Prescott //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/thank_you A Letter To The Home Secretary <p>Rt Hon Theresa May MP,<br />Home Secretary,<br />Home Office,<br />2 Marsham Street<br />London<br />SW1P 4DF</p> <p>June 5 2012</p> <p>Dear Home Secretary,</p> <p>I’m writing to you because I am alarmed by the revelations in today’s Guardian newspaper about the private security firm Close Protection UK (CPUK) – (<a href="//www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/04/jubilee-pageant-unemployed" target="_blank">'Unemployed bussed in to steward river pageant' - Guardian, June 5 2012</a>)</p> <p>If the allegations are true, it is totally unacceptable that young unemployed people were bussed in to London from Bristol, Bath and Plymouth and forced to sleep out in the cold overnight before stewarding a major event with no payment.</p><p>I am deeply concerned that a private security firm is not only providing policing on the cheap but failing to show a duty of care to its staff and threatening to withdraw an opportunity to work at the Olympics as a means to coerce them to work unpaid.<br /><br />It also raises very serious questions about the suitability of using private security contractors to do frontline policing instead of trained police officers.<br /><br />I call on you to immediately investigate this matter and alert the Security Industry Authority to see if CPUK has breached its SIA Approved Contractor Status.<br /><br />I believe that this could be a breach of 2.3.1(f) of the <a href="//www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Documents/acs/sia_acs_terms.pdf" target="_blank">SIA Approved Contractor Status Terms and Conditions of Approval</a>, which states a contractor can have approved status removed if it is “found no longer to meet the fit and proper person criteria applied by the SIA.”<br /><br />I also ask you and the Secretary of State for DCMS to urgently review CPUK’s contract to provide security during the Olympics.<br /><br />It would be completely inappropriate for a company that appears to have such a blatant disregard for the care of its workers to be policing such a prestigious event.<br /><br />Yours sincerely,<br /><br /> <br /><br />John Prescott<br /><br /></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 10:17:00 +0100 John Prescott //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/a_letter_to_the_home_secretary 100th Lord Mayor Backs #JP4PCC <p><img src="/assets/pages/31/dannybrown.jpg" alt="dannybrown.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin: 1.12em 0px;">The 100th Lord Mayor of Hull has backed John Prescott to be Labour's Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.</p> <p style="margin: 1.12em 0px;">Councillor Danny Brown said:</p> <p style="margin: 1.12em 0px;">"After fully reading the campaign material and attending the hustings, listening to the presentations and replies given by the candidates for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner, I now fully endorse the campaign of John Prescott.</p><p class="western" style="margin: 1.12em 0px 0cm;">"I am voting for John not only for his positive impact at local, government and international level but also because  of the five pledges he has put at the heart of his campaign.</p> <p class="western" style="margin: 1.12em 0px 0cm;">"In my opinion those five pledges say it all and in order to ensure they are delivered they will need the experience, local knowledge, commitment and dedication that JP has shown in his service to the people of Hull."</p> <p class="western" style="margin: 1.12em 0px 0cm;"> </p> Thu, 31 May 2012 21:29:00 +0100 Danny Brown //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/100th_lord_mayor_of_hull_backs_prescott Usdaw Joins #TeamPrezza <p><img src="/assets/pages/30/johnhannet.jpg" alt="johnhannet.jpg" /></p> <p>John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary, today announced that Usdaw has joined the growing list of supporters of #JP4PCC. Joining Unite, Unison and hundreds of members from across Humberside, John says, "Usdaw is delighted to be supporting John Prescott for Humberside Police Commissioner."</p><p>"He is a strong voice and a longtime supporter of our Freedom From Fear Campaign which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers. We know John will ensure that local policing will help to keep all frontline workers safe."</p> <p>You can volunteer to join #TeamPrezza by <a href="//johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/volunteer" target="_self">clicking here</a>, or get in touch with John on john@johnprescott.org.uk</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 21:43:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/usdaw_joins_teamprezza Tony Backs John To Be A 'Great' PCC <p><img src="/assets/pages/28/blair.jpg" alt="blair.jpg" /></p> <p>On the day ballots go out to Labour Party members across East Yorkshireand North and North East Lincolnshire to vote for their candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, former Prime Minister and Labour leader Tony Blair has backed John Prescott to become the candidate.</p><p>In a message to party members Tony Blair said:</p> <p>“John was a terrific deputy to me and someone who always understood the need to  be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.</p> <p>“It is typical of him, his energy and commitment that he wants to take up a new challenge and continue to serve the public as he has done all his political career. That's  why I'm backing John to be a great Police and Crime Commissioner."</p> <p>He joins party members from across the region in John Prescott along with as the Unite and Unison unions - who both represent Humberside policing staff across the region.</p> <p>John will be appearing at two members PCC hustings this weekend.</p> <p>There's one tonight in Grimsby starting at 7pm to 9pm at <strong>the Grimsby Institute of Further &amp; Higher Education</strong>, Nuns Corner, Laceby Rd, Grimsby. DN34 5BQ</p> <p>The final one is on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm at <strong>the Freedom Centre</strong> at 97 Preston Road, Hull, HU9 3QB</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 12:47:00 +0100 #teamprezza //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/tony_backs_prescott Why John Should Be Our Commissioner <p> <img src="/assets/pages/27/debbie_blog.jpg" alt="debbie_blog.jpg" /></p> <p>I was born in east Hull, educated in Hull both in school and at the University, bought my home in east Hull and, for the most part of this, John Prescott was our Member of Parliament representing east Hull.   As well as the people in my area being proud of having John Prescott living on our patch, we were extremely proud when he became Deputy Prime Minister of this country.  Not only is he a great MP and ambassador for this area, but he is also a robust character famous for his no nonsense attitude and his fight for what is best for the people.</p><p>John Prescott has been an honorary Yorkshireman for over 50 years when he came to this area in 1964 and has been welcomed here with open arms.   With a family history of transport and miners his first contact with this area was when he came to study at the University and with himself a seaman, he has great links with the Hull and the region.</p> <p>Keith Hunter has recently tweeted that the job as Police Commissioner shouldn’t be rewarded for long term service to the Labour party; it seems to me that such remarks minimise the importance of the job of Police Commissioner and I read this tweet as saying the job is no more important than a gold carriage clock or it is an empty, token role which will have no serious impact within the police force. </p> <p>This is wrong on so many levels.</p> <p>Firstly, the role of Police Commissioner is more than just a reward!  It’s a job that requires integrity, hard work, commitment, an indepth knowledge of the area and the people.  Secondly, John Prescott isn’t just any other candidate; he is a dedicated and ACTIVE member of the Labour party of over forty years who rose up the ranks to be our Deputy Prime Minister working alongside Prime Minister Tony Blair and who was recognised for his commitment to the country and to the party.  A commitment to Labour that is so much more than just a member of long service seeking a “reward”.    It is a real insult to the Labour Party and to its members to approach the Labour party with no other purpose or agenda than for personal and monetary gain…such membership is transparent enough for members to see and who, quite frankly, feel quite peeved about!  If you are going to be a member of Labour do it for the good of Labour and the country and not merely for personal gain!  Put something into the Party…don’t take out of it!</p> <p>A recent blog spoke about the ideology and value of Tony Blair and the good work he, undoubtedly, did for our party and our country….when you talk of the good work Tony Blair has done it is safe to assume you also speak of John Prescott in the same high regard, the two are not mutually exclusive. </p> <p>John Prescott recently said that “police should not police the police” and never a truer word has been spoken….it needs somebody unbiased and independent from the police force, somebody who has helped run this country through good and bad times and wants to continue to do what is best for this region.  The job requires a robust character who understands the community and one who isn’t afraid to speak the truth and to stand up and be vocal about what he believes in.  A person whom everybody in this country knows and respects as a true Labour party member; one who knows how to listen to the people and to implement what the people want for the good of the people, the police force and the region.</p> <p>I would rather have a Police Commissioner for this area who listens and who does not dictate…..to give the people a voice!  John Prescott is the only person, in my opinion, who is a strong enough character that can do that and be listened to….a formidable politician who is sincere and open and who has no intention of stopping the good work he has continued to do for over forty years and one who would be approachable for the public to relate to.</p> <p>I think it is essential that hustings are now organised in order for party members to engage themselves with this campaign.</p> <p>It is my opinion that no other candidate has the personality strong enough to connect with the public and to work on their behalf…..the role of Commissioner needs an independent person who has no bias in order to perform to the task.</p> <p>Without doubt in my mind, John Prescott is the only candidate right for the job</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 17:14:00 +0100 Debbie Matthews //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/jp4pcc_debbie_why Heading Towards The Hustings <p><img src="/assets/pages/25/johnhustings.jpg" height="190" alt="johnhustings.jpg" width="482" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /></p> <p>Tonight, at Hull University Union, you have the very first opportunity to see the (now) two candidates standing to be your Labour candidate for the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. If you're a Labour Party member, or a member of Hull University Labour Club, head down to the Hull University Student's Union at 7.30 and get to see what John has to say about the role - ask any question you like, and if you can't make it - Tweet John at @johnprescott or use the hashtag <a href="//twitter.com/#%21/search/%23AskHULCPCC" title="#AskHULCPCC" class=" twitter-hashtag pretty-link">#<strong>AskHULCPCC</strong></a>!</p><p>Tonight's hustings (Thursday 9th May) is hosted by the Hull University Labour Club, for Labour Party members - Wilberforce Building LT1 at the University of Hull at 7.30pm.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 23:44:00 +0100 Jon W. Chambers //johnprescott.nationbuilder.com/heading_towards_the_hustings