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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 AvatarDon Harrison 7th Feb - 9:35pm
    I am a LGBT LibDem member who only does happy
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 7th Feb - 8:44pm
    @Mick Taylor, Propagating outright untruths does nothing to strengthen your case. You wrote: "The party has tried all sorts of ways to solve this problem...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 7th Feb - 8:42pm
    Happen to agree with John Barrett, Ian Swales, Paul Holmes.................. and heaven forbid, just for once............. Stuart Shaw. One's genetic equipment should play no part...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 7th Feb - 8:25pm
    What happened to treating each person on their merits rather than which group they 'self-identified' with?
  • User AvatarAndrew Lye 7th Feb - 8:17pm
    I spoke in both debates today.... EU and "Let's Talk About Sex".
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 7th Feb - 8:08pm
    Mick Taylor, All I am saying is that your experience does not reflect the reality of what has happened over the last 10 or more...