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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 AvatarJohn Marriott 10th Oct - 3:29pm
    Dear Paul, My point is that, if we start moaning before the campaign has even been launched, what hope have we of sticking together when...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 10th Oct - 3:02pm
    @John Marriott. I think you are missing Carons point, a campaign that leaves out half the population at the start is more likely to lose....
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 10th Oct - 3:01pm
    Greg Clark MP was in Waitrose in Paddock Wood for a constituency surgery. Nobody had bothered to turn up, except for a young couple who...
  • User AvatarRoland 10th Oct - 2:24pm
    Phyllis - re: "The irony of a (seemingly) all-male panel of contributors taking over this thread" For your enjoyment I point you at this article...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 10th Oct - 1:35pm
    How can one not rubbish the 'Remain ' campaign when it is to be led by unelected Tory peer Stuart Rose? The Independent today says...
  • User AvatarGlenn 10th Oct - 1:28pm
    This is not what actually happened. The conservatives got 24 per cent of the potential vote, That's how many people they appeal to. Their vote...