Labour Police Commissioner candidate set to defy ban on magistrates

As if two Labour candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner posts running into problems with past misdeeds wasn’t enough, now a third is set to defy the ban on magistrates standing:

Lee Barron, the Labour candidate for the new post, has revealed how is prepared to refuse to stand down as a magistrate before the election, which will be held in November.

Guidance issued last Friday by a senior judge has effectively barred magistrates from standing for the post, which in Northamptonshire comes with an estimated £70,000 salary…

He said: “I am going to say I am not going to stand down, I am going to carry on”. [Northampton Chronicle]

Many Conservative candidates are also likely to face a problem:

It is thought that the guidance issued last Friday by the senior presiding judge in England and Wales could affect as many as six or seven – a fifth – of the official Tory candidates so far adopted and others who are standing as independents or for other parties.

One of the Conservatives’ leading candidates openly attacked the judge’s ruling on Thursday night. Craig Mackinlay, the frontrunner to become the police and crime commissioner in Kent, contacted the Guardian on Twitter and said: “Massive row developing (about) PCCs and magistrates. I am ‘caught’. Unacceptable and nonsensical. Post election can agree but not pre.”

His intervention came as those affected started to take the first steps to launch a possible legal challenge to Lord Justice Goldring’s decision.

Among the independents affected will be Ann Barnes, who has been chair of Kent police authority for the past six years.

Goldring’s guidance is also believed to ban the dozens of elected councillors who are also magistrates from serving on police and crime panels, which are being introduced to scrutinise the actions of elected police commissioners. [The Guardian]

* Mark Pack has written 101 Ways To Win An Election and produces a monthly newsletter about the Liberal Democrats.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in Election law.
Advert

6 Comments

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDave Orbison 28th Sep - 11:03pm
    Tim Hill - re the stuck needle. Very mature and you think the problem lies with Momentum?
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 28th Sep - 10:53pm
    Tim Hill Corbyn is 21st century digital socialism. There is no Labour needle anymore - apparently.
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 28th Sep - 10:48pm
    Hi Stuart, I don't expect us to overtake Labour, but we can make significant gains. I think link in 2015 on the day leadership ratings...
  • User AvatarAlistair 28th Sep - 10:27pm
    Trump will lose because he has alienated overweight people and in particular overweight women.
  • User AvatarIan 28th Sep - 10:27pm
    Why do we give space to these peculiar historical parallel articles, which contain little meaningful analysis or insight but simply try and shoehorn current events...
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 28th Sep - 10:21pm
    @Katharine Pindar "From what I have seen and heard of the Labour Conference, and as Dave Orbison and others suggest, they do have policies we...