Sheffield UKIP leader suspends himself from council over ‘personal problems’

Jack Clarkson
Jack Clarkson
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The leader of the UKIP Party in Sheffield and city councillor Jack Clarkson has ‘suspended himself’ from office citing personal issues.

The Stocksbridge and Upper Don councillor has decided to ‘take a step back’, according to a UKIP Party spokesman.

Sheffield Council confirmed that Coun Clarkson has suspended himself but did not state why.

A spokesman for Sheffield UKIP said: “Jack Clarkson has decided to take a step back for the moment because he is going through some personal problems.”

Coun Clarkson was elected as a Sheffield councillor in 2014.

The former police inspector worked for South Yorkshire Police in Sheffield, Rotherham, Ecclesfield, Deepcar, Hillsborough and Doncaster for more than 30 years. He also worked in Victim Support for two years and ran his own security firm.

Coun Clarkson also ran against Alan Billings in October for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire in 2014, following the resignation of Shaun Wright.

In his election pledges, Coun Clarkson promised to restore public confidence in the crisis-hit South Yorkshire Police service after the Rotherham scandal.

He came second to Mr Billings, with a 32 per cent share of the vote.

Coun Clarkson was contacted for comment but did not respond.