Votes counted in PCC by-election

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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The new police and crime commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire will be announced today, with Ukip hoping it will secure the post, following up its recent by-election successes.

Voters went to the polls yesterday in the by-election called following the resignation of the 2012 winner, Shaun Wright, in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

The result will be declared following a count starting this morning in Barnsley.

Mr Wright only resigned after weeks of pressure following the Jay Report which revealed how more than 1,400 children had been exploited by gangs of men in Rotherham.

He was the councillor who oversaw children’s services in the town between 2005 and 2010.

Mr Wright was the Labour candidate in 2012 and won on the first round of balloting under the supplementary vote system used in PCC elections.

But Labour’s campaign to retain the post has been hampered by the controversy in Rotherham.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted Ukip can build on the party’s recent by-election victory in Clacton and close second in Heywood and Middleton by getting its first PCC elected.

But Ukip only came fourth when Mr Wright was elected in 2012.

Another right-of-centre party, the English Democrats, came second two years ago and it believes it will still be the biggest rival to Labour in today’s poll.

The four candidates are: David Allen (English Democrats), Alan Billings (Labour), Jack Clarkson (Ukip) and Ian Walker (Conservatives).

The Lib Dems decided not to field a candidate in the by-election after declaring they will scrap PCCs.

Labour has also declared it will scrap them if it wins power in 2015.

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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