The SYPCC elections are bringing out the best from the campaign machine. Dirty tricks galore! The Shaun Wright campaign has introduced many spurious questions, designed specifically at other candidates, as a means of distraction.
One of the latest involves the funding of campaigns, as though Shaun Wrights campaign funding were already an open book?
Rotherham Politics challenges the other candidates to let us have their information is as clear and unambiguous terms as Nigel Bonson for us to publish.
This answer to the question has been supplied by his campaign manager:
“Nigel Bonson, it has been alleged, is a puppet of a “Party Machine” and the perception is that he has Conservative Party funding coming out of his ears!
There has been no Central Party money available for any of the candidates nationally. They have had to raise it themselves. Some have done so through local associations.
In Nigel’s campaign, this is not the case as he refused any significant donations, and continues to do so. He is determined to be free of any accusation that any decisions he may have to take as Police Commissioner are due to external influence from any Party, Government, Unions or private individuals or groups.
Nigel Bonson’s campaign funding:
£5000 deposit – loaned by Conservative Party and to be found by the candidate if he doesn’t yield 5% and have the deposit returned.
£80 for a banner – donated by my engineering firm.
£20 for some leaflets printed by me on my rubbish printer at home.
A further £75 given by friends and cheaply printed on a riso machine.
So, to date his campaign has cost approximately £175.
The odd councillor has included a piece on Nigel in their newsletter but this has not been at cost to us.
He also ends by challenging the other candidates to do likewise.”