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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 AvatarDan Falchikov 28th Apr - 4:26pm
    No Patrick Harvey? He is after all the leader of the fourth biggest party in the Scottish Parliament.
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    David Becket - is it not possible for us to natter about celebs/chew gum and deliver FOCUS at the same time? Perhaps we need an...
  • User AvatarTonyJ 28th Apr - 4:16pm
    Well said Callum. This is so important. Our party doesn't have the 'baked-in' resources of the Tories (big business) and Labour (Trade Unions). The electoral...
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    Just a few other matters: few Liberal Democrat candidates have the media following or reporting their local or our national campaigns to any extent; the...
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