Four candidates are in the running to replace Shaun Wright as South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner.
A by-election will take place on Thursday, October 30, to replace Labour’s Mr Wright, who stood down in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal following weeks of pressure.
Among the candidates are English Democrat David Allen, who came second when he stood against Mr Wright for the role in the inaugural election in 2012.
Joining him on the ballot paper are The Reverend Dr Alan Billings, from Walkley, representing Labour, UKIP candidate Coun Jack Clarkson, Sheffield Council member for Stocksbridge, and businessman Ian Walker, from Ringinglow, for the Conservative party.
Sales manager Mr Allen, from Sprotborough, Doncaster, was the last person to declare his candidacy, shortly before yesterday’s 4pm deadline for nominations.
He said policing budgets should not be cut and resources spent on crime prevention, rather than ‘costly and difficult’ solutions.
Mr Allen said the public would prefer the ‘traditional presence of warranted officers patrolling beats, rather than them being removed entirely’, he said, and the role of constable should be ‘cherished not diluted’. The father-of-two said he and his party highlighted the ‘unsuitability’ of Mr Wright and Labour to hold the role with ‘what was going on in Rotherham’ in 2012.
He said: “We will not be jumping on any bandwagon, only continuing the fight for justice.”