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Callum Robertson, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner kicks off campaign with a listening tour of Essex justice experts

September 10, 2020 12:55 AM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

Essex Liberal Democrat candidate for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Callum Robertson set out his plan for an Essex-wide listening tour where he will be talking to local charities on the frontline of delivering criminal justice services ahead of setting out his manifesto for the May elections.

Robertson, who has worked with domestic violence victims both at the Ministry of Justice and a leading children's charity, has a track record helping victims seek legal recourse.

Because of his background, he is passionate about tackling the scourge of domestic violence, setting out his plans to do so as the top priority if he is elected in May 2021 saying:

"The first stop of my listening tour is to the Essex-based domestic violence charity Changing Pathways because the lockdown related uptick in domestic abuse cases has demonstrated we need to put more resources into making sure that victims are never let down again.

I will be meeting with Changing Pathways because they are a leading provider of support services for survivors of domestic violence. This reason for doing this is because the only way to get my domestic violence strategy right is to listen to stakeholders such as Changing Pathways.

Callum Robertson BBC look east

Robertson setting out the Liberal Democrat platform at the 2019 General Election.

Setting out his proposed response to this worrying trend, he went on to say:

We need to redouble our efforts into tackling domestic violence. The fact that we have seen an uptick in domestic violence cases demonstrates we do not fund prevention measures enough. I will be using my meeting with Changing Pathways to find out what those on the frontline of protecting victims of abuse need to tackle it. I will then bring forward proposals to ensure that we tackle provide them with the support to have a joint stratefy to tackle domestic violence head on."