Jane Kennedy is Merseyside’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
She was first elected on 15th November 2012, taking up office a week later on November 22nd.
On May 6th, 2016, Jane was re-elected to serve a second term as Merseyside's PCC after securing 61.7% of the public vote. Jane polled 186,661 votes in the first round, more than all the other candidates combined, meaning there was no need to go to a second ballot.
Jane lives in Childwall, Liverpool, and has lived in the region for more than 30 years since moving here as a student.
She grew up in Darlington, County Durham where she attended Darlington Sixth Form College, before moving to Merseyside to study Chemistry with Biochemistry at Liverpool University. She did not graduate, but instead married and settled with her family in Liverpool.
Jane’s Career History
Before being elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, Jane was an MP and Government Minister.
She was the first woman to hold Ministerial office in the Lord Chancellor’s department with responsibility for magistrates, the judiciary and family law policy.
Jane was an MP for Merseyside from 1992-2010 and a Government Minister between 1999 and 2006, and again from 2007 to 2009, serving in six different departments. This included being Minister of State for Health, Minister for Labour, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and becoming Britain’s first woman Security Minister with responsibility for Policing in Northern Ireland.
Why Jane stood to be your Commissioner
With her experience both as a Security Minister in Northern Ireland and her time as a Merseyside MP, Jane decided if Police and Crime Commissioners were to be a reality she would stand for election. Her long and varied career put her in a strong position to make the role work and ensure Merseyside’s police and crime needs were effectively represented nationally.
Jane's time in Northern Ireland gave her first-hand experience of the personal cost involved in policing when, during a dispute over access to the Holy Cross junior school, more than 700 police officers were injured on the streets of the Ardoyne before she gained permission to invite the British Army on to the streets. She also learned the importance of community support for the police working with strong people who didn't dare tell their children what they did for a living for fear they may inadvertently let it slip in the wrong company.
As an MP, Jane was in Parliament when Frank Dobson, the MP for Holborn & St Pancras, spoke after the London bus bombings in July 2005. He described the awe and respect he felt for the emergency services, especially the police - the people who run towards the sound of the bomb blast when all others are running away.
Jane was determined to work hard to win your support and, as your Commissioner, she is committed to being a strong champion for the Force and all the communities it serves. This role, also gives her an opportunity to voice the deep anxiety felt by many at the scale of the Government’s cuts to the police service and the Force's community safety partners.
Jane said: "Public service is an honour to perform and those who do so generally have the highest motives and often demonstrate a depth of commitment to their fellow human beings that springs from a quality of altruism that money can't buy.
"My personal philosophy has always been that everyone with any shred of responsibility for delivering a more safe and peaceful society should be allowed to get on and do it."
Declaration of Interests
A register of the PCC's interests for each financial year can be found below:
Jane's declaration of interests 2017
Jane's declaration of interests 2016
Jane's declaration of interests 2015
Jane's declaration of interests 2014
Jane's declaration of interests 2013