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ABOUT ME

The North East is my home. I live in Northumberland with my Partner David who serves in the Royal Air Force and our two dogs. I was born and brought up in Newbiggin Hall in the west end of Newcastle, I attended local state schools and went on to become the first member of my extended family to attend University, studying in the North East.

 

My family are rooted here, with my parents still living on the estate where I grew up. My Dad worked at Blyth Power Station and was a scaffolder on the Shipyards in both Wallsend and Sunderland and my Mam a civil servant at HMRC.

A Labour government made it possible for me to go to University and ensured there was more work for my Dad and many others - something that had never been a guarantee. My family’s experience shows the difference Labour in power can make.

I first became interested in representing people at school. I was on Newcastle’s first ever youth council and campaigned for all young people in the city to have access to contraceptives and information about sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy at a time when teenage pregnancy was very high.

 

I have worked in the private, public, charitable and educations sectors – supporting students, young people and communities to build capability, skills and employment. At Walking With The Wounded, I supported veterans and service leavers- a cause close to my heart.

 

In 2015 I was elected to Newcastle City Council representing Lemington and loved working in the community and speaking up for and supporting residents. I was appointed to the Cabinet in 2016 taking responsibility for Culture, Sport and Public Health.

 

In this role I worked to safeguard libraries and parks preventing further closures as a result of constant Tory austerity. I worked to showcase Newcastle, bringing major events such as the Great Exhibition of the North, the Rugby Union Champions and Challenge Cup finals, the Rugby League World Cup, Newcastle’s first duathlon and music festivals. In public health I took an active role in the WHO Healthy Cities Network and championed taking a health lead approach to community safety.

As Police and Crime Commissioner, I have established the region’s Violence Reduction Unit to tackle violent crime, relaunched the victims service, supported the recruitment of hundreds of new police officers and staff,  launched new initiatives to fight sexual violence and domestic abuse, and campaigned for better access to youth services. I’ve restored many youth clubs and sporting activities across the region as well as family services. More details on my work as Police and Crime Commissioner can be found here.

 

I firmly believe that whilst we need to be tough on crime, we can’t arrest our way out of crime. If we want to reduce crime, we need to understand the causes and prevent it.

 

At the beginning of 2021 I launched a new Police and Crime Plan for the region - Fighting Crime, Preventing Crime and Improving Lives – representing the priorities of people across our region. You can read more about my Police and Crime Plan here.

 

I am deeply passionate about this region and the people here. It’s a constant honour to be able to represent them. This is the best place to live, work and spend time. We have everything- vibrant cities, buzzing towns, beautiful beaches and stunning countryside.

 

We have been held back by austerity and successive conservative governments. I want to reverse that, I want to promote our place, I want our communities to prosper and I want this area to remain the safest in the country.

Thank you for visiting,

 

Kim McGuinness 

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