Star debate on South Yorks crime tsar showed ‘voting vital’

The Star and Sheffield Telegraph live web streamed South Yorkshire PCC debate hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.
The Star and Sheffield Telegraph live web streamed South Yorkshire PCC debate hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.
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A live debate between the four hopefuls vying to become the region’s crime tsar showed the ‘importance of voting’ in next week’s election.

More than 100 people attended the police and crime commissioner hustings, organised by The Star and Sheffield Telegraph, on Tuesday night – but even more followed the action as it was screened live online using the Twitter hashtag #stardebate.

Viewer Nicola Birch said: “The PCC debate underlined how vital it is to vote. The PCC is relevant to everyone.”

Zara Hassan said she was ‘fired up’ about the debate.

And Josh Barlow wrote: “The debate is over! Now it’s down to you. Don’t forget to vote.”

Some said the questions – including those submitted by readers – had helped to shape the way they would vote next Thursday, October 30.

Twitter user @residentHIPPY said: “Went to the #StarDebate on South Yorkshire’s PCC position.

“Seems to be a race between Labour and no-no UKIP. Which was inevitable really.”

But Will Davidson added: “Uninspiring from all candidates. Not impressed with the lack of energy and charisma.

“It’s a no from me.”

Questions on everything from police targets to student safety were submitted by audience members – although there were too many to answer in the hour that the debate lasted.

Emily Connor, president of Sheffield Hallam University’s students’ union, said: “Interesting answers to question on student safety, glad that the need for students’ unions was recognised.”

Former Labour PCC Shaun Wright stood down in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.