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Labour hang on in South Yorkshire – my guilty part

Labour have retained the post of Police and Crime Commissioner, following the resignation of Shaun Wright, with 50.02% of first preferences ahead of UKIP on 31.66% with a turnout of 14%. The Liberal Democrats did not stand a candidate.

The campaign was dominated by the issue of the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, with UKIP accused of crassly exploiting the issue for their own political ends, and Labour accused of being responsible for the authorities that failed those children. Both accusations have merit, though in my book failing to protect 1600 children is worse than crass politicking. I’m not suggesting that Labour’s policy was to fail these children, but any virtual one-party state is likely to fail its people and needs to be voted out.

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The ludicrous story of Northamptonshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner

Across the country the controversial newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners are supposed to be getting down to business. The reality in several areas is that many are hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, and nowhere is this truer than in the case of Adam Simmonds, the Northamptonshire PCC, who has stacked his new “sprawling” 17-person commission with his campaign staff.

The whole story is an ‘omnishambles’ – a toxic mixture of high farce, cronyism and arrogance potentially leading to an unacceptable politicisation of our police force.

First though, a little background. Mr Simmonds was the Conservative political assistant at Tory-run …

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  • User AvatarHywel 18th Dec - 10:56pm
    Andrew George's speech does seem rather out of kilter with current party policy: "Existing tenants who are 'under-occupying' and signed leases prior to April 2013...
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    Glenn I don't know how you're counting, but I'm damn sure 1940--45 was a "full-blown coalition" and Clement Attlee was no Liberal.
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    Interesting quick summary Caron, It will be good to get debate and feedback on the report. Many of us is in the English Party are...
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    @Paul Walter You didn't directly answer my questions though, would you be happy with something akin to internment for terrorists captured? Will political types be...
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    I'm really quite disappointed by both Caron's response and the Morrisey progress review. The latter does not go far enough to address the things that...
  • User AvatarAndrew Kennett 18th Dec - 10:19pm
    @ErnstRemarx pretty much summed up my thoughts on the issue. Furthermore, I resigned my membership of the LibDems after I felt that they no longer...