Following the announcement of the result of the election, Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner elect, Graham Bright, gave a short speech. I filmed it and have produced a transcript:
Thank you Mr Returning Officer.
And can I thank everyone?
This has been an unusual election.
Having an election in November is not the very best of ideas. I’ve spent some long cold nights.
But thank you obviously to all my supporters. I think I should say thank you to all the other candidates’ supporters as well because without them there wouldn’t have been an election.
And thank you to the staff. The counting. What a counter! Thank you for the time you have spent on that.
This is the first time we have had a Police Commissioner elected.
And it brings us back to the police actually operating by consent and one of the roles that I will have as the commissioner is to be the face of the public and to represent all the public.
Can I say to all those people who didn’t vote, or ruined their votes, I don’t hold it against you because my job is to represent all of the public so I will still be listening to what they have to say and will be working on their behalf.
I’m looking forward very much to working with the police and to pass [sic].
It’s a big job I’m terribly aware of that and as the campaign has gone on I’ve got more and more aware of the task in front of me.
I am determined that with the experience I have got, in the past, to really get to grips with this, and make sure that do what I was requested to do, representing the public, holding the police to account.
And can I say thank you to the candidates. Some of them have escaped haven’t they? Thank you. It’s always a little bit upsetting when you lose, and I’ve lost elections before, so I know but I’m obviously delighted that I’ve won. And can I say to them that they are part of the people I represent and I look forward to talking to them in the future.
Thank you all very much.
I’m going to start work tomorrow.
This raises many questions; such including:
- Do the other candidates really need supporters for there to be an election???
- What did he mean when he said: “looking forward very much to working with the police and [to pass]” ?
It was excellent to hear policing by consent be mentioned; but this wasn’t expanded upon and didn’t give me confidence that he understands the concept. It was also good to hear that he intends to represent everyone, not just his supporters, however this commitment didn’t extend to answering questions from me after the announcement of the result I asked about:
- His plans to appoint staff and deputies
- Councillors setting local police priorities in Cambridge
Mr Bright just completely ignored my questions.
I think it is notable that Bright talks of the “Police Commissioner”, this is something he did in subsequent interviews too. I think this shows he is not considering, or giving enough weight to the “and crime” part of the job and is focusing too much on the police and not the wider opportunities for influence the role gives. I’ve written more on this where I outlined my views on what Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner should do.
- YouTube Commissioner Bright – Phone Goes Off On Stage – Seconds after the election result being announced a hall full of people was laughing at Commissioner Bright.
- My article on Graham Bright, commenting on his past and policies.