Labour puts teacher forward for top crime and policing role

Lucinda Preston, who is standing for the Labour Party in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.
Lucinda Preston, who is standing for the Labour Party in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

Labour has selected a schoolteacher as its candidate to be Lincolnshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Lucinda Preston, who is associate assistant headteacher and head of English at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford, has been selected for May’s PCC elections.

At the moment she will be up against Marc Jones (Conservative), Victoria Ayling (UKIP), although there are still time for more nominations.

Current incumbent Alan Hardwick is not seeking re-election.

Lucinda said: “I’m all about protecting frontline policing, ensuring we don’t lose those officers who keep our communities safe, out on the streets every day. Over the last five years, Government cuts have left Lincolnshire Police on a knife edge.”

She gave her ‘number one priority’ as tackling anti-social behaviour and protecting the most vulnerable people.

She added: “Our county has seen a huge change in the make-up of its population over the last decade. That poses particular problems for the force in its pursuit of criminals and I think police have to continue to up their efforts when it comes to engaging with Eastern European communities, and overcoming some of the cultural barriers which can lead to local tensions.”