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How Parliament walked eyes wide open into the Bob Ashford mess

Would-be Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Bob Ashford is rightly getting a positive press and sympathy from across the political spectrum today for discovering he’s disqualified from standing thanks to a £5 fine he paid 46 years ago.

It is absurd that he can’t stand. It is an absurdity that Parliament deliberately decided to enact, for the ban does not arise from unintended side effects of another measure or from poor drafting. Instead, it was a deliberate decision to introduce an unprecedented restriction on who can stand in the Police …

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    @bloke They would never have been so crass.
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    Lorenzo I think the evidence shows there is very little gained from short sentences, which is what motivates proponents, not the fact that they are...
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    Apologies - Should have said "kept our subsidies over the last couple of years" (not days!!)