On November 15, West Yorkshire electors will be asked to vote for the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. So far, nominations have been received from the three main political parties, indicating that the same old political warhorses are putting themselves up for the post, which carries a hefy salary.
Independents, or members of other parties (eg Respect) have up to October 19 to put their names forward. They will have to put up a £5000 deposit, and have 100 named electors on the nomination form.
Readers may be surprised to learn about this contest, because there has been little or no publicity about it, since David Cameroin decided to do away with the previous set-up and introduce party politics into the control of local policing.
Frankly, at present I can’t whip up any enthusiasm for any of the three main candidates, though that may change if they appear at the hustings Just West Yorkshire is organising on November 7 (it will be recalled that Labour refused to turn up the last time Just West Yorkshire organised such an event during the Bradford West by-election).
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