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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 AvatarAndrew McCaig 18th Oct - 11:51am
    As for standing paper candidates: evidently opinions differ on this. Policy is to stand, and I don't think complaining about multiple times it is very...
  • User Avatarexpats 18th Oct - 11:50am
    Laurence Cox 18th Oct '17 - 11:[email protected] how many voters do you think pay as close attention to local council by-election results as you do....
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 18th Oct - 11:43am
    Katharine, I think to be honest the mistake we will not be making again is spending several £k (kindly donated by local members) on leaflets...
  • User AvatarGeorge Kendall 18th Oct - 11:38am
    @David Becket Completely right on both counts.
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 18th Oct - 11:16am
    When Universal Credit was first proposed it looked a good idea, making the system simpler. Since 2015 it has gone badly wrong thanks to the...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 18th Oct - 11:15am
    @expats And how many voters do you think pay as close attention to local council by-election results as you do. I'll give you a clue,...