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PCC Election Is a Five-horse Race

Published on: 15 Apr, 2021
Updated on: 21 Apr, 2021

By Julie Armstrong

local democracy reporter

Five candidates are competing to hold the office of police and crime commissioner (PCC) in Surrey from next month.

Surrey will go to the polls on May 6, the same day as council elections, and the votes will be counted on Saturday, May 8, with the winner due to be announced that afternoon.

A PCC is elected to provide a link between the force and the community and should be setting priorities for the police bearing in mind what the public wants.

They do not serve in the police force but are there to hold them to account.

They hire the top police officer – the chief constable (currently Gavin Stephens who has been in post since 2019) – and also have the ability to remove them from office in some circumstances.

The PCC also sets the police’s portion of council tax, is given all of Surrey Police’s budget (around £260 million) and is responsible for how it is spent.

They are elected every four years, but last year’s election was postponed due to coronavirus.

The first person to fill the role when it began in 2012 was Kevin Hurley, elected on a ‘zero-tolerance’ platform.

He was then defeated in the 2016 election by David Munro, who stood as a Conservative but later was “deselected” as their candidate and has served as an Independent.

Both are putting themselves forward again this time for the £71,400 a year role.

Here are all the candidates, along with their campaign website and Twitter handle.

Kevin Hurley

Kevin Hurley, Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief


Kevin Hurley previously served in the Metropolitan Police and also served in Iraq as a Territorial Army officer. He was Surrey’s first PCC, between 2012 and 2016.

Howard Kaye Photo Andrew Wiard

Howard Kaye, Labour


Howard Kaye is a train driver who is a member of the trade union ASLEF, and ran against Jeremy Hunt for the South West Surrey seat in the 2015 general election.

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat


Paul Kennedy is a former barrister, accountant and actuary and is currently a Mole Valley District Councillor for Fetcham West.

David Munro

David Munro, Independent


David Munro was formerly a Major in the Royal Engineers and a Surrey county councillor, and has been Surrey’s PCC since 2016.

Lisa Townsend

Lisa Townsend, Conservative


Lisa Townsend is a law graduate who works in communications, and ran against Clive Lewis for the Norwich South seat in the 2015 general election.

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  1. Kevin Hurley Reply

    April 16, 2021 at 9:35 am

    The choice is simple: Politicians or someone who actually knows about policing and their budgets.

    Kevin Hurley is the Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief candidate in the Surrey PCC election

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