MEP Mike Hookem quits as Ukip whip over ‘extreme’ candidate

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The Ukip MEP Mike Hookem has resigned as party whip after the anti-Islam candidate Anne Marie Waters was allowed to stand for the party’s leadership. Mr Hookem, who is deputy whip in the European parliament, was incensed by the support … Continue reading

Who is standing for UKIP leader?

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Who is standing for UKIP leader? Meet the candidates in the political battle hardly anyone’s noticed You probably don’t know, but UKIP’s choosing a new leader. Yes, another one. Here’s a beginner’s guide to the showdown you’ve never heard of … Continue reading

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election Results

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Billings re-elected as South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2016-35993247 Congrats to Alan Billings, commiserations to the losers. Gavin Felton came a creditable second place and should be congratulated for that. Individual City/Town Results: Barnsley Doncaster Rotherham Sheffield

Police and Crime Commissioner Rony Robinson

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The five men wanting to be South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner join Rony. Rony Robinson The five men wanting to be South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner join Rony. To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p03q98xl

Quiz the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates at South Yorkshire hustings

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Quiz the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates at South Yorkshire hustings Candidates seeking to become the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commisioner will face questions from the public at two hustings due to take place in South Yorkshire this bank … Continue reading

The Rotherham Politics Transparency Challenge.

Campaign funding became a major issue in the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, due to take place on November 15th.

In response to this, we issued the Rotherham Politics Transparency Challenge. We asked candidates to reveal the sources of their campaign funding, the amounts and give us a rough idea of how it is being spent. Additionally we asked if there was anything in the candidates past that might prove embarrassing once known.

So far Nigel Bonson, David Allen and Jonathan Arnott have risen to our simple challenge about transparency.

Sadly we can report to readers, Shaun Wright for Labour and Robert Teal for the LibDems, have failed so far to rise to this simple request.

David Allen – Rises to the Rotherham Politics Transparency Challenge!

It’s a good point. I have not had a CRB done ever, and was surprised as I arrived at the nomination meeting ,clutching a wad of identity proof that none was required. I ‘d be quite happy to have one done.

With regard to the expenses, it was raised as a question at the BBC Asian QT and I believe all the candidates gave a fair indication of the lack of funding they had. Mr Wright didn’t specify the amount but did reveal his sources. Personally I donated one thousand, the English Democrats two thousand pounds and the rest was made up from local party members. The leaflets have been paid for by local funds and friendly donations and don’t add up to more than a couple of hundred pounds.

I hope that suffices.

David Allen.