Today is your chance to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner serving Stockport and the rest of Greater Manchester.
The election here is expected to be between former Stockport Police Inspector Matt Gallagher and Labour’s former MP for central Manchester.
Call the local team if you need a lift to vote on this chilly November day!
Opinion polls show that voters across the UK want someone with Police experience to be the first Police and Crime Commissioners.
Matt joined the Greater Manchester Police in 1978. He served for thirty years, constantly on frontline policing duty, rising to the rank of inspector.
First responder to the Manchester bomb, his no nonsense approach to both drug gang violence and racism and bullying within the police, his leadership in tackling some of the most serious outbreaks of violence in the cities recent history, and involvement in solving some of its most notorious murders, are just some of the hallmarks of an extraordinary career.
Matt has been married to Rhonda since 1981 and has two grown-up children. His son Will is a Royal Marine Commando and daughter Olivia is a Mobile Carer in South Manchester. Matt has two grandsons, Alfie and Leo. Since retirement he has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats.