Tory police commissioner hopeful aims to cause a big stir

Stuart Hay meets supporters.

Stuart Hay meets supporters.

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A former police inspector revealed his plans to stir up change as Northumbria’s next Police and Crime Commissioner during a visit to South Shields this week.

Stuart Hay, who served as a detective inspector in the force, shared his policing plans for the future at a coffee morning hosted by South Shields Conservative Association at Westoe Rugby Club on Wednesday.

Mr Hay is hoping to succeed current incumbent Vera Baird QC when he stands as the Conservative candidate in the poll on May 5.

Coffee, cake and political debate were all on the menu during his visit to the borough.

During his address to grass-roots Tories, Mr Hay highlighted the need to bring in changes in policies aimed at tackling terrorism.

Mrs Baird, representing Labour, will face challenges not only from Mr Hay, but also Melanie Hurst, representing UKIP, and Liberal Democrat candidate Jonathan Wallace.

The vote will take place alongside elections for South Tyneside Council.

The result will be announced in Sunderland on Friday, May 6.