Today (13 March 2020), the Cabinet Office announced that they are bringing forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections until May next year.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, issued the below statement:
“The COVID-19 virus is an international crisis which requires the immediate implementation of appropriate measures to slow the spread of the virus and reduce levels of infection. Those measures should be based on facts and appropriate scientific and medical advice.
“In the face of such advice, the Government has taken the step of postponing the PCC and other elections due to take place in May. I understand this course of action and I will be remaining in post as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland until elections are held.
“I currently attend on a daily basis the Gold group set up by the Force to respond to the crisis and I want to re-assure the public that the force and my office are committed to maintaining stability over what will be a difficult period for our communities.
“In addition I will continue as far as is possible with the normal day to day business of working with partners to reduce offending, listening to public concerns about policing and community safety, supporting vulnerable victims, and ensuring Cleveland Police continue on their journey of improvement.”
Posted on Friday 13th March 2020