Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner: Liberal Democrat candidate Christopher Townsend

MEET the Liberal Democrat candidate, Christopher Townsend.

Background: Mr Townsend is a councillor for Dacorum Borough Council and he stood as a parliamentary candidate for South West Herts in 2010.

Pledges: Keeping crime low, giving the force more freedom from political interference, balancing the budget and improving communication between the police and the public.

He said: “I think what distinguishes me is I have a real job, I work full-time as a professional in the finance department of a large organisation so I have a lot of real life experience which I can bring, particularly to the budget problems.

“For me it is that professional experience, together with my experience as a borough councillor and my commitment to put a significant amount of energy and detail into getting the job done.”