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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 AvatarTCO 19th Apr - 11:14pm
    @Philip Thomas if the state deems education is compulsory then it should fund education. Post 18 education is not compulsory and the individual gets a...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 19th Apr - 11:10pm
    The biggest political story today is of course about carnage off the coast of Europe. A big campaigning issue, then?
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 19th Apr - 10:56pm
    TCO. Really? Lack of primary school education wouldn't damage an individual's chances in life at all, then?
  • User AvatarTCO 19th Apr - 10:20pm
    @Bolano but post 18 the benefits to the individual are far greater.
  • User AvatarJonathan Pile 19th Apr - 10:18pm
    Good luck Charles such a pity your leadership was brought down and our wing of the party did not better cover from the Cleggites. Looking...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 19th Apr - 9:55pm
    @Liberal Al "My very unfair jab was not actually targeted at people from Surrey (or even the South East) in general, but at a particular...
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