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Second Labour Police Commissioner candidate falls foul of “exceptionally tough condition of eligibility”

Alan Charles has now joined Bob Ashford in standing down as a Labour candidate for November’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to a youthful brush with the law.

His statement points the finger at the Home Office and Electoral Commission:

The Labour Party has only now received clarification from the Home Office and the Electoral Commission that juvenile convictions for imprisonable offences will bar people from becoming a police and crime commissioner.

That is, however, not quite the full story because this issue was directly debated when the legislation was going …

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How Parliament walked eyes wide open into the Bob Ashford mess

Would-be Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Bob Ashford is rightly getting a positive press and sympathy from across the political spectrum today for discovering he’s disqualified from standing thanks to a £5 fine he paid 46 years ago.

It is absurd that he can’t stand. It is an absurdity that Parliament deliberately decided to enact, for the ban does not arise from unintended side effects of another measure or from poor drafting. Instead, it was a deliberate decision to introduce an unprecedented restriction on who can stand in the Police …

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  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 24th Sep - 1:13am
    Should have read "leave them on benefits."
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 24th Sep - 1:12am
    Nissan is partly owned by the French state. I am not sure that it is a very typical example of the modern economy. It makes...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 24th Sep - 1:05am
    Even some high Tories think a convention is needed and are critical of Cameron -- http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100287284/why-did-david-cameron-and-george-osborne-put-party-politics-ahead-of-post-referendum-reconciliation/?fb But what does Clegg think? Is he still AWOL...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 24th Sep - 12:48am
    To be honest "West Mercia" is just copied from the corresponding police authority - I think the rule should be that devolved assemblies have the...
  • User Avatarmack (Not a Lib dem) 24th Sep - 12:02am
    @ Chris_sh As I said, we fundamentally disagree.
  • User AvatarRebecca Hanson 24th Sep - 12:01am
    p.s. JRC in terms of rewriting history, I suggest you try a fast and well written easy read about the rational for 1980s employment law...