South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner role is ‘discredited’

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The Liberal Democrats will not put forward a candidate for the election to choose a new South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Candidates for Labour, UKIP and the Conservative party have already been announced for the by-election on Thursday, October 30 – triggered by previous commissioner Shaun Wright’s resignation in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

Coun Colin Ross, Sheffield Liberal Democrat leader, said: “We are not going to put forward a candidate.

“We had a long discussion and the point is, especially in South Yorkshire, the post of the commissioner is a discredited post.

“The circumstances in South Yorkshire mean local politicians or anybody involved with the police are probably not the best people to be commissioner at this time. Therefore we made the decision not to stand.”

The deadline for nominations ends today.

Mr Wright stood down after pressure following the publication of Jay report, which revealed 1,400 girls had been abused in Rotherham over the last 16 years.

n For the final list of candidates, see tonight.