Merseyside PCC profiles: Conservative Geoff Gubb - I'll be my own man
BUSINESSMAN Geoff Gubb said that despite being the Conservative candidate for Merseyside police commissioner, he is his own man and will put the people before party politics.
Mr Gubb, who joined the Toxteth Conservatives at the age of 18 and now runs an emergency planning consultancy firm on the Wirral, said he believed that with him in the role the people of the region would have someone on their side who would voice their concerns about the relationship between communities and the police.
He said: "I want to try to prevent crime, but then, how do you prevent crime? The community is the first port of call for police to gain information, but in certain parts of Merseyside that relationship has broken down.
"If there is a strong, healthy relationship, then that can considerably reduce crime, or prevent crime before it happens.
"I've been very impressed with the work some of the voluntary sector is doing, working with young people to prevent them from re-offending, and want to build on that."
He said he was aware that there was some confusion among the public about exactly what the role of police commissioner would entail, but that he believed it was about being the single point of contact for the Merseyside population.
He added: "If you have an issue with the police, or a problem with the police, then where would you go now?
"Hopefully you will have a person out there working with the media and getting the message across, who you know you can go to.
"Ethnic communities who may feel they are being unfairly targeted, who would they now go to?
"If I'm elected, I hope they would see that they can come to Geoff Gubb, because he is impartial."
He said that while he was standing on the Conservative ticket, he would have a free hand in how he managed crime-fighting.
He added: "People say 'because you're standing for them, does that mean David Cameron or (home secretary) Theresa May is your boss?
"The people of Merseyside will be my boss, I will be accountable to them, and if I did not do a good job then it would be down to them to de-elect me."