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Harpham calls for Wright to stand down

Councillor Harry Harpham has called for police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright to stand down.

Councillor Harry Harpham has called for police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright to stand down.

 

Sheffield Council’s deputy leader has tonight joined the growing number of people calling for police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright to stand down.

Harry Harpham, a Labour councillor and also chairman of South Yorkshire’s police and crime panel, said Mr Wright’s position was ‘untenable’ in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

Mr Harpham, speaking to The Star from Portugal where he is on holiday, said: “I think that he should resign, I think that his position is untenable.

“The report was absolutely shocking - as a parent it just makes your blood run cold when you read some of the things that went on.

“I shall be asking for an urgent meeting with the commissioner and the chief constable so I can put my position to him.”

The police and crime panel has the power to scrutinise commissioner activities and call them to public hearings.

It also rules over any complaints made against the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Defiant Mr Wright, who was responsible for children’s services at Rotherham Council when the authorities turned a blind eye to child sex abuse by Asian gangs, insisted today that he was the ‘most appropriate person’ for the job.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.

 

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