Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero’s column: Policer Commissioner election was a farce

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What a farce the Police Commissioner election was. Turnout was low and only about 1 in 7 of you bothered to vote.

Time and again on the doorstep people told me either they didn’t have enough information, didn’t know the elections were happening, didn’t support them or didn’t want to go out in the dark to vote.

The Government spent £100m on these elections. That money could have been spent £3,000 police constable jobs and protecting front line services which is what everybody wants.

I am so proud to be the MP for Ashfield and I’ve met so many inspirational people; young and old and male and female who have blown me away by acts of charity and kindness and often bringing a tear to my eye.

Ashfield is full of people who are always willing to help others and go that extra mile - that’s why I know the Chad will have their work cut out deciding who to award the Ashfield Rose to each week.

It’s part of a brilliant new initiative to celebrate the very best community spirit and give much needed recognition to some of our unsung heroes.

They should expect a couple of nominations from me shortly. If you know someone who fits the bill then get in touch with the Chad and let’s celebrate Ashfield!

Given you are all such a charitable lot – many people have probably got an old mobile phone that you don’t know what to do with – well now you can solve that problem by donating it to Huthwaite mum Jenny and help her autistic son Ben.

Once 165 phones have been donated, the children’s charity Hearts and Minds have promised to exchange them for an Ipad. Call Jenny on 07539376957 if you can help.

Finally I’d like to say a big thank you to Paul Brown aka @bombski. He’s a prolific tweeter just like me and always worth a follow for those Twitter addicts in Ashfield.

He knows I’m a big fan of Corrie and a couple of weeks ago he came to see me at my office and dropped off some fantastic memorabilia. I now have badges of loads of Corrie stars including Hilda Ogden & Alf Roberts