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.

South Yorkshire PCC Sunday Politics Discussion

Missed yesterdays Sunday Politics PCC Discussion, thanks to Cerberus for the link, you can watch it here:

South Yorkshire part starts at 42 minutes

SYPCC Elections – Candidate Funding?

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.”

Vonny Watts.

Why Nigel Bonson? A Personal Perspective.

I think you will find that you may ask any question you wish of Nigel Bonson and he will answer it adeptly, honestly and with the ultimate aim of attempting to persuade the people of South Yorkshire that he really is the most competent candidate based on his experience and his passion for effective policing.

Independently of that, I am of course keen that the issues in Rotherham around grooming are fully exposed. The motive? I am a mother, a woman and a feminist. I’m keen to say that the outrage I feel that young women in Rotherham were let down so badly by the agencies who should have protected them, is not motivated by political strategy, as Michael Sylevester seems to be cynically suggesting. I sat my daughter, aged ten down yesterday, and showed her a video about grooming. I felt terrible doing this. I didn’t want to have to take away her innocence. She hasn’t even embarked on her life as an adult and I am having to arm her against these evil predators. What else would a mother do in such circumstances? I had a conversation on the issue with my friend’s teenage boy for the same reason last night. Politics doesn’t come into it, Caring for our young people does! We are parents above all else.

I want answers for the victims who stepped forward. I want those who have not come forward yet to feel the confidence to do so. Girls were being abused. Their first point of contact most likely wasn’t the police. It would have been further down the line that police became engaged if I’m not mistaken? So, I do, as a mother and a woman, with personal experience from my own youth of girls being let down by those who should have cared for them, want answers.

Of course those answers will need to come from those who were in charge at the time.

Vonny Watts

Nigel Bonson – My promise to the people of South Yorkshire

My promise to the people of South Yorkshire.

If elected all candidates will have to sign an oath of impartiality.
In the absence of that, currently, we can only take their word for it.
I will go further than this “wait and see” promise.

“I, Nigel Bonson, of Sheffield, South Yorkshire,  sincerely promise that I will act at all times with integrity and impartiality. I will act and take decisions, free of the influence or interference of Government, any political party, the trade unions or any specific individual or body.”

I am able to do this. I am not the puppet of large donors. I have maintained my integrity and impartiality whilst working within the police and the wider criminal justice system for the last 38 years and that will not change.

Here is the official oath from the Home Office website and I adhere to that too…

Police and crime commissioner oath

“I, Nigel Bonson of South Yorkshire do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of South Yorkshire Force Area in the office of police and crime commissioner without fear or favour.

I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.

I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.

I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.

I will not seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable investigation or arrest, nor encourage any police action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.”

Nigel Bonson.

Nice One Nigel!

Dear Rotherham Politics readers,

My heart soared when I read this incisive statement on Nigel Bonson’s latest twitter-twatter-flutter –

Nigel Bonson ?@nigelbonson

And it is high time someone quizzed @ShaunforSYPCC about the issues he is avoiding.

Yeah, it is high time that Shaun Da Sheep left the safety of da Laybah bruvvaz-n-sistaz flock and answered those searching, relevant and highly important questions that he’s been bombarded with and completely avoided answering.

If he doesn’t it think it’s fair to ask –

1. Who is he protecting?

2. Why is he protecting them?

3. What is he hiding and why?

4. Why is he so kack-scared of fully and openly responding to citizens’ and voters’ legitimate questions?

Kind Regards,