David Jamieson / West Midlands Police - Police Crime Commisioner

David Jamieson is born and bred in the West Midlands.

David attended Tudor Grange Grammar School, Solihull and later qualified as a teacher of mathematics from St Peter’s C of E College, Saltley, ¬†Birmingham. Also, he has a degree in Social Science and Management from the Open University. He taught in schools across the Midlands before moving to Plymouth as a Vice Principal of a large community college. David served as an MP from 1992 to 2005. From 1997 to 2005 David was a Government Minister.

As a backbench MP, in 1995 he was successful in putting through Parliament a Private Member’s Bill, Activity Centres(Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995, following the tragic loss of life of four young constituents in the Lyme Bay. By bringing in proper inspection of Activity Centres, this Act has been instrumental in saving many children’s lives in the last 20 years.

David is vastly experienced in issues relating to community safety and policing from his roles as an MP, local Councillor in Solihull and as a former member of the West Midlands Police & Crime Panel. As a Transport Minister David worked closely with the Police on road safety issues, was instrumental in giving Police the powers to seize un-insured vehicles and making it illegal to drive whilst using a handheld mobile phone.

As the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands since August 2014, he has put the needs victims at the heart of his strategy. Also, he has recognised the vital part the police play in the economic welfare of our region. He has pioneered the use of public hearings into matters of great concern to the public. The first of these related to the prolonged road closure on the M6 in February 2016 which brought  together the police, Highways England and local council Highways Officers which resulted in recommendations for closer working together of the various partners. In the Spring of 2016, he successfully lobbied the government to get changes to the law on offensive weapons. This resulted in Zombie knives being banned from sale in Britain.

He has been involved with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries which promotes HIV/AIDS education of children in central Africa. He has visited Uganda and Kenya and raised money for this worthy cause. The work of this charity is now expanding into combatting the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

He is a governor of Kingshurst Primary School in North Solihull.

He continues to play an active part in the work of the West Midlands Combined Authority.