Margot James has backed the decision by the Conservative Party to select their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate by Open Primary, allowing any member of the public to participate in the vote.
The two candidates seeking votes to stand as the Conservative West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner candidate will be Matt Bennett from Birmingham and Solihull councillor Joe Tildesley. They now face four Open Primary hustings meetings:
- Erdington, 4th July, 7pm: Erdington Conservative Club, 93 Orphanage Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 9HU
- Walsall, 5th July, 7pm: St Matthews Centre, St Matthews Close, Walsall, WS1 3DG
- Halesowen, 10th July, 7pm: Zion Christian Centre, Little Cornbow, Halesowen, B63 3AJ
- Solihull, 11th July, 7pm: The Silhillians Club, Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull, B93 9LW
Margot said: “I am very pleased that the Conservative Party has decided to select its candidates in this fair and democratic fashion, giving everyone in the area a real say in who stands as Conservative candidate. Joe and Matt are both exceptional candidates, and I am sure that whoever is selected will do a fantastic job should they be elected as Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012.”
Anyone on the Electoral Roll in the Police Authority Area may register to attend and vote at the hustings by emailing email@example.com.