Conservatives name their choice for county Police and Crime Commissioner role

The Conservatives have named Andrew Pratt as their candidate for the election, to be held on May 5 next year.

Mr Pratt, who spent 28 years with Lancashire Police working his way up to the rank of superintendent before retiring five years ago, is the first person to publicly put their name

But Mr Pratt, who now works part-time as a primary school teacher, said the county is ‘ready for a change’.

He said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate for Lancashire’s PCC election next year.

“I am looking forward to the campaign."

“I want to use my experiences as a policeman and a voluntary worker to improve the force and help to keep hard-working people and their families safe and secure across Lancashire.”

He said he wants to put victims first and ensure police officers spend more time on the frontline.

Mr Pratt, who lives near Preston, was formally approved as the Tory candidate after being selected at a meeting of members from across Lancashire.

Picture: North-West region chairman Sir Robert Atkins, Andy Pratt and Lancashire Area chairman Cllr Damien Moore.