Candidate hopes to be “voice of the people” as campaign trail hits Diss

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, Tony Palmer, Lorne Green and Graham Minshull in Diss. ANL-160219-121340001

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, Tony Palmer, Lorne Green and Graham Minshull in Diss. ANL-160219-121340001

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Conservative candidate for the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner post Lorne Green says he will be “the voice of the people” should he be successful in this year’s election.

Mr Green, who lives in Snettisham and was a former Canadian diplomat for 30 years, is standing in the election which will take place on Thursday, May 5, and visited Diss during his campaign trail on Friday.

My basic offer is to reduce crime in this county, and help the vulnerable and the victims of crime

Lorne Green

And he said his background — his first post was in Pakistan when they were at war with India in the 1971 — means he is well aware of safety and security issues. Mr Green was also in charge of the Canadian Embassy in the former Yugoslavia during a period of conflict in the 1990s, and was also Secretary General of the World Nuclear Transport Institute in London for eleven years.

“My job should be as the people’s voice,” he said. “I came out of retirement because I believe I can give a better standard of public service. What I offer is my negotiation experience and my diplomatic experience to bring people together.

“My basic offer is to reduce crime in this county, and help the vulnerable and the victims of crime.”

Mr Green said he believed the police did need more resources to cope with crime which was becoming “more complex,” and would “cut bureaucracy” to save money.

He said services should also be more “joined up” in the county and region to improve efficiency.

“My father was a refugee, a war orphan, and he was brought to Canada because the rest of his family was wiped out,” he continued. “He ran a small shop, which was open 364 days until midnight. He always said: ‘the customer is king or queen’. That became my measure against what I was doing, and that is still my view. It is their money they are trusting you with, you are a steward for them.”