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PCC Election 2020: Dorset

OPEN Policing Insight6th February 2020Policing Insight team

Candidate details for the PCC Elections 2020 in Durham, along with details of previous PCC election outcomes

2020 PCC Election Candidates

David Sidwick (Conservative)

Facebook: Sidwick4Dorset
Twitter: @Sidwick4Dorset


Patrick Canavan (Labour)

Website: link will appear here, once details available
Facebook: LabourMDNP
Twitter: link will appear here, once details available


Dan Hardy (Independent)

Facebook: @DorsetPCC
Twitter: @danhardypcc


Liberal Democrat Candidate Name not yet known (Liberal Democrat)

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Twitter: link will appear here, once details available


PCC Elected on 5th May 2016: Martyn Underhill (Independent)

Previous PCC: Martyn Underhill (Independent)

May 2016 candidates

  • Martyn Underhill (Independent)
  • Patrick Canavan (Labour & Co-operative Party)
  • Andrew Graham (Conservative)
  • Lester Taylor (UKIP)

Winning candidate’s profile

Martyn Underhill (Independent)

Facebook: Keep Policing Independent
Twitter: @Vote4DorsetPCC

Martyn Underhill – Working for Dorset

I am an Independent candidate in this election. I am standing again to keep party politics out of policing.

As a former police officer and your Dorset PCC since 2012, I understand how policing and the role of the PCC fit together. Dorset is a special place; I understand the County and its people.

I have overseen the Force through unprecedented cuts and changes in demand.

I have:

  • Introduced the Victims’ Bureau to help victims in their journey. I have commissioned support services for victims.
  • Improved mental health provision for people in crisis, improving their care and reducing demand on the police. I lead nationally for PCCs in this arena.
  • Introduced the Strategic Alliance between Dorset, Devon and Cornwall police, improving efficiency and delivering huge savings.
  • Worked nationally with Government on areas such as the use of force, taser, fraud and mental health, benefiting Dorset people. I have led the call for a funding review which gives Dorset a fairer deal.
  • Listened to the public and interacted with 250,000 people; approximately 35,000 being face to face. I have won national awards for transparency and engagement with communities; each community in Dorset is different.

I will:

Invest resources to protect Dorset people from the emerging threats of:

  • Targeting and abuse of those at risk
  • Cyber crime

Invest in the Marine Unit.

Continue to talk to local people and listen; to be the interface with their police.

Continue to represent and support victims.

Improve accessibility and visibility of your police.

Improve technology and efficiency.

Establish a rural crime team.

Appoint a business crime champion.

Dedicate resources to keep you safer on Dorset’s roads.

Support Neighbourhood Policing.

Vote Martyn Underhill on 5th May for a safer Dorset.
Thank You.

Result, May 2016

Party Candidate 1st Rd % 2nd Rd Total
Ind Martyn Underhill 47,738 39.79% 18,922 66,660
C Andrew Graham 37,089 30.91% 7,369 44,458
UKIP Lester Taylor 21,086 17.57%    
Lab Patrick Canavan 20,169 16.81%    
   TURNOUT 119,984  20.89%     

Result, November 2012

Party Candidate 1st Rd % 2nd Rd Total
Ind Martyn Underhill 43,425 45.16% 8,505 51,930
 C  Nick King 31,165  32.41%  3,286  34,451 
 Lab  Rachel Rogers 11,596  12.06%     
 LD  Andy Canning 9.963  10.36%     
   TURNOUT 96,149  16.34%     


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