Alan Billings is Labour's candidate for the by-election for Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire to be held on 30 October.
Alan was until recently a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, which oversees the work of the criminal justice system for the under 18s. He is also a former member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University.
In the 1980s Alan was Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and a councillor for Walkley Ward.
He has the strong backing of all South Yorkshire’s Labour MPs, including the former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, MP for Hillsborough and Brightside, and Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South West and chair of the Commons Select Committee for Communities and Local Government.
Alan has been a parish priest in Broomhall and Walkley, Sheffield, and Beighton. He taught at what was then Broadway School in Barnsley. He trained clergy at theological colleges in Oxford and Birmingham and was Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University. He was a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales until 2013, and a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund until this year. For many years he has taught ethics to the military at the Defence Academy of the UK.
He is known to Radio 4 listeners as a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on the Today programme and has appeared several times on The Moral Maze.
He was a contributor to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission which produced the controversial Faith in the City report that was critical of the Thatcher Government. He was a member of the Labour Government's Community Cohesion Panel after the 2001 riots and Chair of the Cumbria Courts Board. He was also a member of a cross-government panel on Preventing Violent Extremism.