Welcome to my campaign to become the Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent

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Hamish opposes police station closures

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Hamish challenges cuts to front line policing

Hamish challenges cuts to front line policing - letter to the SW Argus




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 Why I am Standing

As Labour's candidate, I’m campaigning against the Tory-led Coalition Government’s 20% cuts in police budgets, which I believe are putting community safety at risk by taking police officers off our streets. I also oppose police station closures in Gwent, and privatisation of police services. I support Unison’s campaign to prevent specialist custody staff being replaced by front line police officers.  

If elected, I’m committed to ensuring that Gwent Police deliver on our local priorities:

  • neighbourhood policing;
  • visible policing;
  • bearing down on the perpetrators of crime and anti-social behaviour; 
  • tackling the scourge of drug and alcohol misuse;
  • putting the victims of crime first, especially the victims of domestic violence and hate crime;  and
  • acting to secure greater peace of mind for our older people.  

I will work in partnership with the Welsh Government in Cardiff, with the new Police and Crime Panel, with local government in Gwent and with the voluntary sector to help make our communities safer.As Gwent's Commissioner, I’ll be a powerful advocate of your priorities.  I promise that there will be no major changes to local policing - like police station closures - without proper public consultation.   And I have signed a pledge to protect Gwent Police from political interference in their operational independence.

I’ve been a practising lawyer for over 35 years, and I’ve lived near Usk for nearly 25 years. I fought Monmouth for Labour in the 2010 General Election. I believe I have the skills and experience to stand up for the people of Gwent and make sure you get the local police service you deserve. 

Yours sincerely,


Hamish Sandison

Why I am backing Hamish

Paul Murphy, MP for Torfaen and former Secretary of State for  Wales says:

"Hamish Sandison has the legal skills, the political experience, the business acumen and the personal gravitas to make a very formidable PCC for Gwent. I strongly support his election."

Hamish's pledges to you - summary 

As your Police and Crime Commissioner, Hamish will:

  • stand up for our police services against Tory budget cuts;
  • Keep bobbies on the beat with neighbourhood policing;
  • Oppose any privatisation of the police service;
  • Back a strong and swift response to anti-social behaviour;

  • Put victims at the heart of our criminal justice system, especially the victims of domestic violence and hate crime;

  • Tackle the scourge of drug and alcohol misuse;

  • Take action to secure greater peace of mind for our older people; and

  • Protect the operational independence of the police from political interference.

Hamish Sandison - campaigning for safer communities in Gwent 

Promoted by Alec Leathwood on behalf of Hamish Sandison, both of 2 Mill Street Close, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1AR

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