SOLIHULL’S Joe Tildesley has admitted he is not confident of securing the vote as Tory candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
The retired police officer and St Alphege councillor went head-to-head with former senior Birmingham councillor Matt Bennett at the last open primary, at The Silhillians Club, Knowle, on Wednesday night.
But he told the Solihull News ahead of the meeting that he was not sure of success and that it had been “a very difficult process.”
“We’ll just have to see how we get on,” he added.
The Conservatives were due to announce which of the men had been selected after Wednesday’s hustings.
Held across the region, the primaries allowed any registered voter in the West Midlands to choose the Tory candidate for the role, with the power to set policing and crime priorities, allocate budgets and hire and fire the Chief Constable.
The successful candidate will then take on the other parties’ representatives at the election on November 15 this year.
Coun Tildesley, who served the force for 30 years and became regional chair of the Police Federation, said if he was successful, his focus would be on “putting victims first.”
Meriden campaigner David McGrath and Knowle councillor and vice chair of the Police Authority Diana Holl-Allen, had also announced their interest to stand as the Conservative candidate but were not successful in getting through to the primaries.