Opinion: Time to vote for new PCC

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So now The Star’s Police and Crime Commissioner debate has been done it is make your mind up time for the public.

Whatever your thoughts on the role of PCC or of the candidates for the position there was no lack of passion or intellect shown last night in front of an audience at Sheffield Hallam University.

David Allen of the English Democrats; The Rev Dr Alan Billings from Labour; Jack Clarkson the UKIP candidate and Ian Walker of the Conservative party were all united in their desire to clean up the mess left behind from the Rotherham Child Sex scandal, which led to previous incumbent Shaun Wright resigning from the role.

But the role is even more wide-ranging than just sorting out the Rotherham issue – as big a challenge as that will be.

Whoever wins the election on October 30 will have to quickly win the confidence of both the public and the police.

It will be no easy task as the force faces cuts.

If you want to have your say then we urge to you to use your vote.

The first PCC election in 2012 had a pitifully low turnout.

It is important that the new man is given a mandate by the people he is representing.