Labourlist published this piece recently under Shaun Wright’s by-line:
By Shaun Wright Labour PCC South Yorkshire
Six months ago, in November 2012, the Conservative vision of police commissioning became reality, thanks to the Coalition Government, with the election of 41 men and women, who from then on had ultimate responsibility for policing and crime within their force area. Labour was not in favour of Commissioners, but with it being forced upon us, there was no way we could stand back and allow even greater influence at force level, by a party that had already inflicted incredible damage on policing, across the country.
The Government did an appalling job of bringing this new phenomenon to the public, there was little or no publicity, a huge number of people had no clue about the process, the role, or the candidates that were standing on behalf of the main parties or as Independents. To top it off, some intuitive advisor suggested that a cold, grey day in November would be a good day on which to hold the election. Read on….
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