Commissioner Paddy Tipping pays tribute to the Magna Carta freedoms launched 800 years ago
The elected voice of the people on Nottinghamshire policing matters, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will this weekend be helping to celebrate 800 years of Magna Carta’s impact on freedom, rights and democracy across the land.
He will speak at a special event at King John’s Palace at Kings Clipstone near Mansfield at 3pm on Sunday (14 June) and answer questions from members of the public about the enduring legacy of freedoms that originated with King John signing the Great Charter in 1215.
“This is a momentous occasion for me, and it is a great honour to be part of it,” he said today. “Much has been said about ‘Bad King John’ but when he bowed to pressure from the barons all those centuries ago he set the ball rolling for fairness and justice that still holds today – including the right to trial by jury.”
For Paddy Tipping, fairness and justice has been his inspiration during the whole of his working life. From a career in social work, he won his place in Parliament as a long-serving MP, and then his current role when, in 2012, he was elected as the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.
“A major part of my role involves listening to what our residents and businesses want from policing in Nottinghamshire, and wherever possible to act on what they say,” he explained. “By canvassing their views and by meeting and talking with them around the county, I can then reflect their experiences and priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.
“This is all about ensuring our communities have a say in what they expect from policing and justice. To be able to say that and see it lead to change is a very important freedom. But it doesn’t stop there. I also hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the public – a safeguard that I feel also resonates with the Magna Carta’s introduction of democracy.”
The Sherwood Forest Trust has organised Sunday’s event and a year-long project at King John’s Palace with support from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and Big Lottery People’s Millions. It has also joined forces with the Kings Clipstone Brewery Beer and Cider Festival, which runs from Friday evening to Sunday evening. There is no charge to attend the celebration on Sunday which will be on an open field and include live entertainment from local artists, other attractions, and cakes and tea.
It is one of many national LiberTeas events developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of the 2015 ‘Parliament in the Making’ historic anniversaries programme in partnership with the National Trust.
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Posted on Friday 12th June 2015