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Newport Council leader elected as Gwent PCC

03 May 2024 4 minute read
Newport City Council leader Jane Mudd. Photo via YouTube

Newport Council leader Jane Mudd has been elected as a police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Gwent.

The Labour politician is the first woman to be elected as a PCC in Wales and replaces the party’s Jeff Cuthbert, who is retiring.

Ms Mudd received 28,476 votes, followed by the Conservatives 21,919, Plaid Cymru 9,864 and the Liberal Democrats 8,078. The turnout on Thursday was just 15.6 %.

In the 2021 elections Mr Cuthbert received 92,616 votes to secure the position

Hire and fire

The commissioner, who has the power to hire and fire the chief constable, is responsible for overseeing Gwent police and, with the chief constable, setting the policing priorities for the area.

One of the fist jobs facing Ms Mudd will be to appoint a new chief constable as the incumbent Pam Kelly announced in March, that she planned to retire this year and would to work with the new commissioner to appoint her replacement.

Step down

Speaking afterward the election, Ms Mudd said she intends to remain as a city councillor for the Malpas ward and though she will step down as the council leader said residents shouldn’t expect major changes at the Civic Centre.

“I will continue to represent the people of Malpas and will stay on for the time being,” said Ms Mudd when asked if she will remain a city councillor after she steps down as leader ahead of its annual general meeting in May.

Members of the ruling Labour group on the council will elect a new leader who will be nominated at the AGM as the council leader.

“Any new leader will want to establish themselves in a role but you need to remember the Labour administration in Newport was elected on a manifesto, and made commitments to the people of Newport, and two years in at least 60 per cent of those manifesto commitments continue to be delivered,” said Ms Mudd on the upcoming change at the top of the council.

She also said she had highlighted her election as a woman as “it is of great significance in terms of the equality agenda.

“It demonstrates to the public there are real opportunities for women and I think it brings a different perspective to leadership.”

Ms Mudd said her granddaughters are aged five and one and while she doesn’t believe girls at that age believe their sex will hold them back it is still an issue: “We have made great progress but it’s really important we continue to show young girls, and young boys, there are opportunities for everybody and they are equal opportunities.”

The councillor will become the new commissioner next Wednesday, when she signs the pledge of impartiality, but said she looks forward to getting started on a plan setting out the force priorities.

“Work needs to start on the police and crime plan, the team have worked hard gathering the evidence base for that, and I’m keen to get out and talk to groups who have been asking me what my plans are and going back to them and finding out more about their lived experiences.”

On scandals that have plagued Gwent Police in recent years that included cases of misogyny and racism Ms Mudd said she wants the public to “understand the PCC is there to represent them”.

But she said they should also be reassured action has been taken in Gwent Police: “There has been high profile issues but we also need to take into account the fact they has been media and publicity it means action is being taken to address them.”


Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jane Mudd as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent on behalf of all officers, staff and volunteers at Gwent Police.

“Her previous experience in public service will be invaluable in scrutinising us and holding this police service to account all the while ensuring the public, especially victims of crime, feel heard.

“The PCC’s responsibility is to provide a sustainable budget for the force so that we can deliver an emergency service for our public. However, it is also important, especially during these very challenging times, that we demonstrate through our shared role as custodians of frontline policing, our support and appreciation for the outstanding staff who every day save lives and protect our communities.”

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