Residents for Uttlesford back Independent Martin Terry for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner – Press Release

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has endorsed and is actively supporting the campaign of Independent Martin Terry for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Cllr Alex Armstrong
Cllr Alex Armstrong (R4U – Great Dunmow)
Cllr Alex Armstrong, R4U’s Police and Crime Liaison, said “Residents want the politics taken out of policing. Martin Terry would make an outstanding Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex; he’s been an independent councillor for 13 years and importantly his campaign is supported by ex-chiefs-of-police who want local police officers back on the beat in our towns and villages. We are endorsing his campaign because we believe he is the independent choice for Uttlesford residents. If you think residents should decide for themselves, vote for Martin Terry on May 5th, the only independent candidate.”

Martin Terry
PCC Candidate Martin Terry
Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Martin Terry said “National party-led Police Commissioners aren’t working for locals – they are driven by Westminster politics and forced to abide by national party policy, not the very real needs of locals. In Essex we have one of the UK’s fastest growing populations but the second lowest per-capita spend in policing anywhere in the country. Our current Conservative Commissioner hasn’t demanded more from the government; instead he’s been brow-beaten to oversee the sacking of 100s of officers and closure of police stations. It’s not what residents elected him for. They want a Commissioner who is their advocate; one that is supporting visible and effective policing in their communities, and that’s focussed on reducing crime and keeping residents safe.”

PCC Candidate Martin Terry is standing under the campaign of ‘Zero Tolerance Policing Ex-Chiefs’ which nationally includes a number of independent candidates backed by ex-police chiefs.

Martin Terry continued “If elected, I will have only one boss, residents. I will work tirelessly to fight for essential resources, find solutions to the station closings, get Bobbies back on the beat, and tackle the ‘non-emergency’ crime that locals don’t think is being taken seriously today.”

Martin Terry will be with R4U councillors answering questions from the public in the Saffron Walden Market Square on the morning of Saturday 23rd April, and Great Dunmow Market on the morning of Tuesday 26th.

Information can be found about Martin Terry and his campaign at

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.

R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.

R4U can be found on the web at

One thought on “Residents for Uttlesford back Independent Martin Terry for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner – Press Release

  1. Neil Hargreaves

    Please can anyone tell me how many police and PCSO’s were based at Walden before the cuts and the move to the council offices?


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