All local elections in the UK have been postponed until May 2021 due to the COVID19 outbreak, this includes the election for a new Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, which was scheduled to take place on 7 May 2020.
Lord Willy Bach today confirmed that he will remain in post until May 2021, extending his term of office by a full year.
In a statement issued today Willy Bach said, “We are in an unprecedented situation that no-one could have anticipated. COVID19 has changed the economic, social and political landscape. Things are changing rapidly and the next six months may prove extremely difficult for the public and public services; not least the police.
“Given the scale of the crisis, continuity and stability are important. Whilst the outbreak progresses, Leicestershire Police will play a central role in upholding law and order and keeping our diverse community safe. I want to ensure that public confidence is maintained and will work closely with the Chief Constable to make this happen.
“Obviously, some things will change in the short and medium term. I have cancelled all public engagement activity between now and the end of May. My office will focus on critical business activities and services, and prepare for potential disruption as a result of illness or government restrictions.
“We will adapt our plans in response the changing situation and proactively provide further communication as the situation develops.
“Once the crisis has passed I will review both my own workload and that of the OPCC team to reflect the new circumstances.
“In the interim, I simply ask that people take the necessary action to stay safe and follow any advice given by the government and other public authorities.”