Coventry Women’s Voices has welcomed the unanimous commitment by all candidates to be Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands that they would reverse the current police policy on referrals to the Coventry SARC. At the moment West Midlands Police have said that rape victims in Coventry will have to travel to Walsall or Castle Vale for a forensic examination rather than being taking a short distance up the road to the SARC in Nuneaton.
At a packed Women’s Question Time meeting with all PCC candidates for the West Midlands organised by Coventry Women’s Voices, the candidates all committed to overturn this decision.
All candidates attended the meeting:
- Matt Bennett – Conservative
- Bill Etheridge – UKIP
- Cath Hannon – Independent
- Bob Jones – Labour
- Ayoub Khan – Liberal Democrat
- Mike Rumble – Independent
- Derek Webley – Independent
Five out of seven candidates also signed up to the Coventry Women’s Voices 7 point plan for tackling violence against women. Matt Bennett, Bill Etheridge, Bob Jones, Ayoub Khan and Mike Rumble signed up to the plan. Cath Hannon and Derek Webley did not although both said they were sympathetic to the issues raised. .
Coventry Women’s Voices received over 85 questions from women submitted at the meeting and in advance by email, twitter and on a street stall held in the city centre. A full list of the questions is available here.
Copies of the questions have been sent to all the candidates and Coventry Women’s Voices will post their responses on the CWV blog.
You can listen to an edited recording of the event on community Radio Warwickshire here
After the election Coventry Women’s Voices will seek a meeting with the successful candidate to follow up the issues raised by the questions in more detail.