Former mayor of Swindon, and serving borough councillor Junab Ali is to stand for another election.

The member for Central ward in Swindon for the last 12 years has thrown his hat into the ring to become Wiltshire and Swindon’s next police and crime commissioner.

And he already knows one of his opponents - Jonathon Seed, a member for Wiltshire council for Summerham and Seen his already known to be the Conservatives’ candidate for May’s elections.

Coun Ali said: “I'd delighted to have been chosen as the Labour candidate.

"I know it's going to be a fight to win - Wiltshire has Conservative MPs and councils and we were hampered by the general election, while the Conservative candidate is already out there campaigning.

"But I always give everything whenever I do something and I'm going to give this 110 per cent.

"I think Swindon should have a candidate in the election, I think Swindon should have the police and crime commissioner. We're the most significant town in the county, and otherwise our policing is controlled by people from down in the south of the county."

Coun Ali is already the deputy chairman of the joint Swindon and Wiltshire police and crime panel, made up of councillors from both councils which holds current PCC Angus Macpherson to account.

He said: "I won't be learning on the job if I'm elected. I've been on the police and crime panel for eight years, so I know how the police budget works, I know how the chief constable has to make choices about policing, and how he chooses to deliver the service.

"I was a member of the police authority even before the PCCs were set up, so I have plenty of experience.

"I want to re-establish confidence in the police. I want people to know when they ring that their issue will be taken seriously and will be dealt with, that's my number one priority."

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners were an initiative of David Cameron’s Conservative-led coalition government, and were first introduced in 2012.

They serve for four years at a time and there is no limit on the number of terms they can serve.

The current PCC Angus Macpherson is the first in Wiltshire and is standing down in May.

Elections will be held on Thursday May 7 to coincide with elections to Swindon Borough Council and parish councils.