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Nick Clegg: I’m not voting in this Thursday’s PCC by-election

Police helmetThere’s a by-election taking place this Thursday. The good news is the Lib Dems won’t lose our deposit.

The reason is the party’s not standing a candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election triggered by the resignation of former PCC Shaun Wright over the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

Here’s how Nick Clegg explained the decision to the BBC earlier this month:

“Having looked at the experiment of police and crime commissioners, I’ve come to the conclusion it just doesn’t work. Look what happened in South Yorkshire and across the whole of the north of England; it’s all re-hashed, re-tread Labour politicians and, guess what, the public don’t like it and they don’t bother to vote for it at all.”

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Opinion: we must campaign to win in every election

Those of us who have been around a while will remember fighting nationwide elections we knew we couldn’t win. European elections were always like this until the nineties, when we suddenly made a (minor) breakthrough even before PR voting was introduced.

So in the scheme of things Thursday’s PCC elections were nothing new.

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  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Feb - 7:06pm
    Are we not able to debate AND campaign? I have been out with John Pugh and fellow Southport Lib Dems three out of the past...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Feb - 6:45pm
    Mike Biden 1st Feb '15 - 4:03pm Other than my huge scepticism re your "End of story" comment, this is the sort of positively spun...
  • User AvatarNick Collins 1st Feb - 6:44pm
    I wonder if you will still be laughing on 8 May.
  • User AvatarTim Hill 1st Feb - 6:39pm
    Gosh that's funny Nick. I'm splitting my sides with laughter at your wit...................
  • User AvatarNick Collins 1st Feb - 6:36pm
    2LibDems in the ... " Snow is not the four letter word beginning with s which comes first to mind
  • User AvatarTim Hill 1st Feb - 6:36pm
    Well said Eddie.