FOUR candidates are contesting the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations was noon today (Friday 19 October).

The candidates are:

ANDRAS, Peter – Liberal Democrats

BAIRD, Vera – The Labour Party Candidate

BAXTER, Alistair – UK Independence Party (UKIP)

BUTLER, Phil – The Conservative Party Candidate

Voters go to polling stations on Thursday 15 November and the result of the Northumbria vote is due to be declared at the Sunderland Tennis Centre on Friday 16 November. The distribution of postal ballot packs is due to begin on the weekend of Saturday 3 November. Electoral registers close at the end of the month.

As of Tuesday 16 October, more than one million people are registered to vote in the Northumbria Police area. More than 320,000 people have registered for a postal vote.

Electorate on 16 Oct Postal Voters on 16 Oct

Gateshead                                   148,705                                  46,270

Newcastle                                   204,936                                  60,864

North Tyneside                        158,705                                  36,749

Northumberland                     250,916                                  53,028

South Tyneside                        115,365                                  41,444

Sunderland                                216,445                                  85,626

Totals                                          1,095,072                             323,981

Anyone who has not yet registered should contact the electoral registration officer at their local council immediately. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday 31 October.

Dr Dave Smith, the Northumbria Police Area Returning Officer, said: “If you are not on the electoral register and registered to vote, you lose the chance to have your say in the police election.

“As the Electoral Commission says – ‘It’s Your Vote, Don’t Lose It’ – so I’d urge anyone who has not yet registered to do so immediately.”

Those particularly at risk of losing the chance to have their say are people who have moved house since last autumn, and younger people.

Next week (week beginning Monday 22 October), the UK’s election watchdog the Electoral Commission begins distributing a booklet to every household in England and Wales with information about the new police elections.

Reminders to vote are also being published and broadcast in media across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. This includes reminders on public transport from buses to the Metro network.

Voters in 41 police force areas across England and Wales will elect their Police and Crime Commissioner using the Supplementary Vote system, the same system that is used in mayoral elections.

A police commissioner is a new elected role that will replace local police authorities. Commissioners will not run the police, but will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account for the public.

They will be able to:

* produce a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities.

* set the local policing budget and decide how money will be spent.

* appoint chief constables and remove them where needed.