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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 AvatarSIMON BANKS 21st Apr - 10:28am
    We don't appear to have candidates in either Mankpool Central or Lymeswold Magna. The Queen will be getting advice on these situations and will be...
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 21st Apr - 9:53am
    I did one of these - I can't remember which - and it gave me the fairly comforting result in order LibDem, Green, Labour, Tory....
  • User AvatarPsi 21st Apr - 9:48am
    Stephen Hesketh " This was intended to be the main point; those undertaking study via the University route pay whilst those effectively funded by an...
  • User AvatarRoger H 21st Apr - 9:36am
    It might be useful for Willie Rennie to point out that there were 11 Lib Dem MP,s in Scotland parliament,that we are the main challenger...
  • User AvatarPsi 21st Apr - 9:36am
    David Evans "Of course they lost that argument many years ago even in the conservative party (which was a one nation party at the time),...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 21st Apr - 9:35am
    TCO Which local party did you say that was ?
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