That is the bold claim of the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr John-Paul Campion, who just happens to be a Conservative.
What is he referring to?
He is talking about his bid to incorporate Fire and Rescue Services in his portfolio.
For 3 months he hosted a poll on his website asking the public if they supported him taking over responsibilty for Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire Fire Authorities under his PCC Umbrella, claiming that he could save Â£4 Million
MORE than 60 per cent of people are in favour of the regionâ€™s police and crime commissioner taking over the fire service, a consultation has revealed.
Letâ€™s examine this claim.
The population of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire is a tad more than 1 million people. Â If this claim has any credibility it must mean that >600,000 people have taken part in the survey and support the proposal. Yes?
Well, erm, NO actually.
Just over 1,300 people took part in the survey and 61% of them supported the idea. If my abacus is working correctly that would be about 870 people then. Â The vast majority of the people did not even support the poll, never mind the proposal.
Acuurate and truthful facts are all I want to hear from my PCC, not spin reminiscent of the kind coming out of the Conservative Party much of the time. Â By my reckoning less than 0.1% of the relevant population have actively supported the proposal, not 60%.