Sheffield vote of no confidence in under-fire Shaun Wright

Under-fire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright. Pic: Tom Maddick /
Under-fire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright. Pic: Tom Maddick /
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Sheffield councillors will tomorrow debate a vote of no confidence in under-fire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright.

The vote was first suggested by Liberal Democrat opposition councillors last week following the publication of an independent report which showed 1,400 children were subjected to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Professor Alexis Jay’s report said children were subjected to ‘appalling’ abuse between 1997 and 2013 which went unpunished.

Mr Wright was cabinet member for children’s services at Rotherham Council between 2005 and 2010, and was also vice-chairman of the South Yorkshire Police Authority before becoming the county’s commissioner.

He has faced mounting calls to quit from politicians - including Prime Minister David Cameron - but has refused to stand down.

Thousands of people have also signed a petition calling for him to lose his job. He has left the Labour party.

Coun Colin Ross, Sheffield Liberal Democrats leader, said: “Sheffield Council needs to show that it takes it responsibility to protect vulnerable young people extremely seriously.

“While Shaun Wright remains in post, local people cannot have confidence in the police to carry out this role.

“That’s why I’m pleased we’ve secured this important vote tomorrow.

“We’ve worked hard to get cross-party support as we want to send the clearest possible message.

“If this vote goes through tomorrow, I do not see how Shaun Wright can remain in post.

“His position will be untenable.”

The vote will be heard at Sheffield Council’s full meeting, which starts at 2pm.