By-election for new PCC set to cost millions

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
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A by-election to choose a new police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire is likely to cost millions of pounds.

A similar by-election earlier this year, for a new West Midlands PCC following the death of previous incumbent Bob Jones, cost an estimated £3.7 million to conduct.

The South Yorkshire vote is likely to take place towards the end of next month, as the legislation for commissioners contained in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 says any vote to fill a vacancy must take place within 35 days of the police area’s returning officer declaring the post vacant.

The Home Office said today no date has yet been agreed for the by-election.

One potential contender who has already ruled himself out of the running for the post is Sheffield MP David Blunkett.

A spokesman said he had ‘absolutely no intention’ of running for the job.

Mr Blunkett said: “It will now be critically important to elect a PCC with a proven record of high quality public service, who can unite across the political divide the communities of South Yorkshire, and reinforce the work of the Chief Constable in providing a top quality service to the people of our area.”