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Former Dorset Mind CEO to stand in May election for Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

Marianne Storey: "My task would be to ensure the voices of Dorset communities are heard when and where it matters most." Picture: Jayne Jackson Photography.

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 25, 2024 | Updated: 25th March 2024

A former charity boss is to stand as an Independent candidate in May’s election for the new Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Marianne Storey, who was Chief Executive Officer of Dorset Mind from 2017 to 2021, is backed by Martyn Underhill MBE, the Independent PCC for eight years.

Announcing her decision, she said it was important the role was kept free of party politics.

Marianne said: “At the heart of my campaign is a deep-seated belief that real change is achieved by tackling the issues that directly affect our communities today.

“As the PCC for Dorset, my task would be to ensure the voices of Dorset communities are heard when and where it matters most.”

As well as Dorset Mind she has held leadership roles across health and social care, community work, and consultations in Dorset.

Her three core priorities for the local police service are:

  • Higher visibility of police
  • Safety for women and girls
  • Supporting young people away from crime

Marianne said: “My mission is clear – to build a safer, more cohesive Dorset where every voice is heard and every individual has trust and confidence in our police force.”

Martyn Underhill said: “Marianne has a proven track record as an outstanding leader and someone who fights for our vulnerable and underprivileged.

“I am honoured to know her – Dorset needs a person like Marianne.

“The next few months will see a seismic change in our politicians, locally and nationally.”

The election is held on May 2.

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