Endorsements

Alison is honoured to be both Unite and Unison’s endorsed candidate for North Yorkshire PFCC.


I’m pleased to endorse Alison as North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. As a dedicated campaigner committed to safer communities, supporting victims, and reducing violence against women and girls, I know that she will stand up for the people of North Yorkshire.

Rachel Reeves MP, Leeds West. Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Labour Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners not only bring about real reform to policing, but address the reasons why people commit crime in the first place. Alison Hume is determined to put a real focus on tackling entrenched criminal behaviours and ensure that our neighbourhoods are safe. I have witnessed Alison’s commitment, and how she can bring people together to take issues forward. I am in no doubt that Alison is the only candidate who has the necessary skills to protect communities across North Yorkshire, including sorting out the fire service which has continued to endure sustained cuts over many years.

Rachael Maskell MP,
York Central

Alison is a seasoned campaigner with experience of taking on cases and causes on behalf of communities and families, and winning. I have been impressed with Alison’s energy and commitment to our local Labour party here in York where she served on the Executive Committee, Campaign Committee, and as Women’s Officer. As Chair of her local Branch she is tireless in her efforts to inspire and unite members. Alison is a trusted and respected comrade. I know she has got the skills and commitment to take the fight to the Tories as Labour’s Candidate for North Yorkshire Police & Fire Commissioner and would be excellent in the role.

Lawrie Quinn,
Labour MP Scarborough & Whitby 1997- 2005

Alison worked hard as Women’s Officer to run weekly drop in Zooms to support members who were isolating during lockdown. She led women members in our Solidarity with Shopworkers USDAW campaign to highlight the issues faced during the pandemic.  York Labour Party Women’s Forum led on the Black Lives Matters campaign in the Labour Party in the Region.  I know that Alison won’t be afraid to tackle the difficult crimes that have been ignored for too long and will be an authentic champion for women and minority groups. I am pleased to support Alison to be Labour’s candidate for North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Melanie Starkey,
Treasurer, York CLP.

Alison is an inspiring and generous teacher, with a rare understanding of young people.  She’s an enormously dedicated and supportive colleague, freely giving help and advice to fellow members of staff, and striking in solidarity with other UCU members during the 2018 university pensions’ dispute.  Her experience of being employed on part-time lecturers’ contracts prompted her to put herself forward as the union’s Anti-Casualisation Rep, speaking up for the rising numbers of High Education teachers and researchers forced to survive with precarious pay and conditions.  Her energy and experience will make her an outstanding PFCC candidate.

Garry Lyons,
MA Programme Director, University of Leeds
Playwright and writer of The Last Seam

Alison is a hard-working and empathetic woman who has dedicated herself to making a difference and bringing about changes for the disabled community. Her ability to campaign and make things happen is astounding. I have witnessed this first hand almost 20 years ago as a small group of parents fighting for equality for our disabled children and those in our area. Alison continues to fight for local people and can be relied upon to bring about changes and raise standards. Her petition asking York Council to reopen the city centre streets closed this summer to Blue Badge holders and taxis transporting disabled customers gained over a thousand signatures and a lot of media coverage. Alison is passionate, approachable, enthusiastic and very capable. Her kindness and empathy shine through, she commits and delivers. I want her to be my voice in North Yorkshire!

Leeann Branton
Disability Campaigner

Alison is one of the most principled people I know. She fights for social justice for all and is a strong voice for women and York’s most vulnerable residents. I’ve campaigned alongside her on York CLP’s Women’s Forum’s fight to stop and fix Universal Credit and to force our Council to fully implement the Real Living Wage through the supply chain. You couldn’t ask for a stronger voice around issues including women’s reproductive rights, women’s participation in politics and public life, and poverty. I’m proud to endorse her to be the PFCC for North Yorkshire. You couldn’t ask for better.

Coun. Claire Douglas
Labour Councillor, City of York Council


Alison is an extremely effective and hard working campaigner who has been a brilliant Women’s Officer for York CLP.  She introduced supportive actions for shop workers; considered our response to the Black Lives Matter campaign, and looked after the welfare of individual members during the lockdowns. Alison is committed to equality issues and in particular to improving access for people with disabilities. I am sure she will bring this energy and concern for social justice to the role of Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.  

Henny Heawood
Branch Secretary, York Villages Branch, York CLP
Retired Social Worker and Cafcass Manager
 

Alison’s priorities as Labour’s candidate for PFCC are the same as mine as a trade unionist. Creating stronger and safer communities by addressing the root causes of crime – from adopting the violence against women and girls’ strategy to the exploitation of the vulnerable being used by county linesand lobbying for better funding and supporting staff to do their jobs as well as they can. I’ve campaigned with Alison, and seen the great work done by the Women’s Forum and believe her experience will make her a people’s PFCC. I’m really pleased that she has been endorsed by my union, UNISON.

Andrea Dudding
UNISON York City Branch Secretary (Personal Capacity)

 

Photo of Activist and artist Zoe wearing an orange top and a friendly expression.

It would be so easy to strike a cynical attitude against these elections and say that they don’t matter. But it is so important that the person responsible for local emergency services has the intellectual calibre and moral clarity that Alison does. She will bring all of her experience as a community leader and her skill as a communicator to the job. Alison’s determined commitment to social equality and competent management will make her a superb Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. We need voices like hers in public life, now more than ever. I admire Alison enormously.

Zoe Birtwhistle
Artist & Political Activist