Lunar Society hosts 2024 Police & Crime Commissioner Hustings

The Lunar Society was delighted to host the 2024 Police & Crime Commissioner Hustings at iCentrum Birmingham on Tuesday 23 April.

Incumbent Police & Crime Commissioner Simon Foster, of the Labour Party, and Conservative candidate Tom Byrne attended the event. They outlined their plans to tackle crime in the region and took questions from the audience ahead of the upcoming election in May.

The event was opened by Lunar Trustee Deirdre La Bassiere, and hosted by our Honorary Secretary, Charmaine Burton.

A wide range of questions

About 100 guests joined the event both in person or online, and candidates received a wide range of questions on a number of topics, which included engaging with local communities, reducing gang and gun crime, police funding, sexual abuse and harassment, cyber-crime and much more.   

Giving local people a voice 

Deirdre LaBassiere said: “Listening to the insightful questions from the audience it was clear that people are passionate about living in a safe and secure community here in the West Midlands. It was a privilege to be part of a debate with such perceptive conversation and I’d like to thank everyone who made it such a successful evening.”

Honorary Secretary Charmaine Burton added: “Policing is a complex subject that impacts all our lives – and it was really interesting to hear the views of both the candidates and audience members. The Lunar Society puts on hustings like these to give local people a voice – and I’m really pleased we were able to do just that.”

We’d like to thank our event sponsors: Ace PA Hire, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Bruntwood SciTech and Civico.

Watch a recording of the Hustings