The first candidate to stand for election as South Yorkshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner has thrown his hat into the ring.
The UK Independence Party has selected councillor Jack Clarkson to stand for the post, following a vote by the party’s National Executive Council.
The former police inspector, who represents Stocksbridge on Sheffield Council, will stand for election next month following the resignation of former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham.
A report found that 1,400 children had been abused, mostly by Pakistani men, over a 16-year period, including five years when Mr Wright was a councillor with responsibility for children’s services.
Mr Clarkson said: “I am very honoured the UK Independence Party has nominated me to be the party’s candidate.
“Due to a long line of horrendous leadership failures, South Yorkshire Police is currently a totally demoralised organisation, dealing with a long list of criticisms that has torn its reputation to shreds.
“However, the resignation of Shaun Wright, over his failure to protect the children of Rotherham, has now given the South Yorkshire people the chance to seize the initiative and put in place a team that will provide strong leadership and a new, common sense approach to policing.
“The public need to feel they can trust the police to do the right thing and help them when they need it.”
It comes as Rotherham Council announced two interim replacements for Joyce Thacker following her departure last week. Jane Parfrement, director of Safeguarding Children and Families and Dorothy Smith, director of Schools and Lifelong Learning, are taking responsibility for the Children and Young Person’s Department until a full-time replacement is found.