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Hopeful conducted herself with dignity

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

Victoria Atkins (Con).

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HOW refreshing to see a candidate who hopes to be elected to public office conducting herself with great dignity.

At a hustings organised by Victim Support, Victoria Atkins demonstrated her excellent qualities for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner after she was barracked by some members of the public as she set out why she believes she will make a good commissioner.

In essence, she explained how she will act without fear or favour for all the people of Gloucestershire, how she will be very comfortable taking the Oath of Impartiality and how she will do her duty as this important position requires.

Finally she pledged to ensure the best value for money and not to increase the burden on Council Tax payers. She will be the people of Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Anthony Powell Chalford

The editor would like to make readers aware that Victoria Atkins is standing for the Conservative Party. Also contesting the vote are Alistair Cameron (LibDem), Rupi Dhanda (Lab) and Martin Surl (Ind).

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  • Hubert1841  |  November 11 2012, 4:30AM

    She is an absolute shower, Windrush.

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  • JeanGRIGG  |  November 07 2012, 6:21PM

    Who else spoke during the Hustings - full "accountability" please. Transparent articles are a must.jg

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  • bonzaharris1  |  November 07 2012, 5:56PM

    We can all act with great dignity, if we want something bad enough and thats the way to impress the people who hold the key to your success.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 07 2012, 4:24PM

    Thanks tig, i wasn't going to bother to vote, but will now, (guess which one i wont be voting for)

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 07 2012, 4:17PM

    This is so blatantly bias i cant believe it, even the daily mail the owners of these local paper, wouln't print an artical like this!

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  • eyeopener  |  November 07 2012, 4:08PM

    This has to be one of the least impartial 'articles' on TIG. What is it? Is it 'News' or 'Opinion'? If it's a readers article why is it labeled 'Stroud Life'? Who is Anthony Powell Chalford? Is he left over from a failed copy and paste exercise? Is he a journalist or a reader contributing? This article leaves you with more questions than information. The label 'Independent' simply prevents you from knowing the candidates real views before you vote them in? Do we expect our ministers to have fought at the front before becoming Defence Minister? No, of course not, so why should somebody have to have been a police officer to do the job? The police commisioner will not be out in their deer stalker aiming to solve the latest crime. The Home Office has asked police to make 20% budget cuts by 2015, and the government wants police commissioners so that they instead of the government can take the blame for the poorer policing that will result. Why not follow GlosYap2's advice and boycott the the vote? This will deprive them of legitimacy and let the government know how few really want to see a police commisioner. The Electoral Reform Society have already predicted the vote will be a disaster.

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  • Matt1006  |  November 07 2012, 4:03PM

    Paul_64 - thanks for posting the links to Ms. Atkins' history of trying to get elected. She has been about a bit. I note (from the link to Orpington 2009) that she is the daughter of Sir Robert Atkins MEP (Cons, North-West England), so she is well-connected politically. Which is a further black mark against her name, given this isn't a political election. Nice try, Victoria, but it's a no from me.

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  • SELINA30  |  November 07 2012, 3:33PM

    This is the sort of biased article that have turned loyal readers away from the Citizen.

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  • Paul_64  |  November 07 2012, 3:14PM

    Alphonso2 Yes, she has been chasing nominations around the country. She was committed to the people of Salisbury when she wanted to be their MP in 2010 . http://tinyurl.com/6mm555x Previously committed to serve the people of Maccelsfield in 2009 http://tinyurl.com/7rd3xpm Or indeed Orpington in 2009 http://tinyurl.com/86d6rt8 Why isn't she still committed to serving the people Orpington, Maccelsfield or Salisbury any more? P.S. Do we really need another barrister in public office; in 2005 nearly 20% of Tory MPs were barristers or solicitors.

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  • Alphonso2  |  November 07 2012, 12:57PM

    This Tory candidate has a history of moving round the country in an attempt to get elected. She fails to mention Conservative policies that have reduced police officer numbers and have closed local police stations causing an increase in crime in Gloucestershire (HMIC figures)

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