YORK firefighter Steve Howley has been selected as Labour’s candidate in the election of a North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PPC) on May 5. Mr Howley is Fire Brigades Union regional secretary and has been a firefighter for 18 years.
He made the decision after his fire service saw its funding slashed by 20 per cent under the Tories and has vowed to stand up to the cuts. Mr Howley branded Tory plans to make PCCs take over responsibility for fire services “dangerous.”
The union has warned that the plans put firefighter neutrality and terms and conditions at risk and could open the door to privatisation.
Mr Howley will take on Tory incumbent Julia Mulligan in May.
He said: “My frustration at the constant cuts to vital emergency services while at the same time millions of pounds is being wasted in other areas of those services is my ultimate driving factor to become PCC.”