Tories draft in military veterans to stand as crime tsars

Tories draft in military veterans to stand as crime tsars to help secure success in this week's elections Tories have drafted in seven former Armed Forces personnel as crime tsars Labour also fielded two former service personnel ahead of this week's elections Voters in England and Wales will be electing 39 PCCs on Thursday

By Jake Ryan For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:16 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 00:16 BST, 2 May 2021

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The Conservatives have drafted in the military to help secure victory in this week’s elections.

The party is fielding seven former Armed Forces personnel to stand as crime tsars.

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They include Giles Orpen-Smellie, who served with the Parachute Regiment and is standing in Norfolk; former Cavalry Regiment officer Mark Shelford who is seeking election in Avon and Somerset; and Chris Nelson, an ex-colonel with the Royal Artillery, who is standing in Gloucestershire.

Mr Shelford, 59, said his frontline experience in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland would help to police Bristol, the scene of recent Kill The Bill rioting.

The Conservatives have drafted in the military to help secure victory in this week’s elections. The party is fielding seven former Armed Forces personnel to stand as crime tsars (stock image)

The Conservatives have drafted in the military to help secure victory in this week’s elections. The party is fielding seven former Armed Forces personnel to stand as crime tsars (stock image)

‘I was once standing alongside a police officer who was shot in the helmet and, with the good work of first aid, he survived,’ he said.

‘My service has taken me from the jungles of Borneo with the Royal Malay Police to work with the RUC in Northern Ireland

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