SYPCC By-Election – Line up announced

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The South Yorkshire PCC By-Election is now on. The Star brings us the full list, click on image to read the article in full: Some details on English Democrat candidate David Allen and mention of Independent Candidate Ciaran Goggins, http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/-1-6876318Continue reading

SY PCC Elections – flip-flopping?

Slipping under the radar is the news that Shaun Wright intends to stand down from his role as Councillor!

This leaves the door open for the Rotherham Labour Party to impose Tory Boy onto the unsuspecting citizens of Wrights ward, sounds familiar it should.

On one hand they bleat about the NEC and their selection process for candidates and then ape the NEC in putting Tory Boy forward!

The full stench of Rotherham Labour hypocrisy!

To rub salt into the wound, in a previous role Tory Boy was involved with that secretive sect trying to build on green belt in Anston, surprise, surprise the sect are back with a modified application.

I wonder who has been advising them?

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.

Police & Crime Commissioner Candidates – Subject to CRB?

Dear Rotherham Politics readers,

Does anyone know whether the candidates for Police-n-Clown Commissioner have to submit to and obtain Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau disclosures?

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/crb/

If they don’t have to, I shudder to think what skeletons may potentially lurk in their cupboards.

And if they don’t have to submit to such an Enhanced CRB Disclosure how on earth can they claim to be of good character and fit to hold the Chief Constable to account?

Yours Enquiringly,
Grald-Hunter

Jonathan Arnott – Rises to the Rotherham Politics challenge!

I’m quite happy to take up Rotherham Politics’  challenge to declare campaign expenditure so far, although it feels slightly odd to be doing this whilst a campaign is ongoing and expenses are still being incurred.  I expect to have further expenditure between now and polling day, so the list below will possibly be incomplete.

Jonathan Arnott (UKIP candidate for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner)

Campaign deposit: £5,000

£3,000 has been provided by the Party as a loan to be repaid only if I achieve 5% of the vote.
£1,600 I have provided personally
£400 has been provided by individuals as a loan to be repaid only if I achieve 5% of the vote.

Campaign expenditure

My campaign has paid for 60,000 leaflets at a cost of a little under £600.
I have received some campaign materials from the national Party free of charge which will be declared as a notional expense in accordance with electoral law.

The cost of the leaflets has been met as follows:

£210 from people who are not members of my Party
£220 from people who are members of my Party
I am funding the balance myself.
I expect to have other notional expenditure to declare for travel, etc. which will of course be financed by myself.

I have £280 available from my local Party branch towards the campaign, which I plan to use only if I have further expenditure.
I have had further offers of donations totalling £750 which I have asked to be put to a different cause.

Jonathan Arnott

South Yorkshire PCC Sunday Politics Discussion

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

http://www.bbc.co.ukiplayerepisodeb01nr0vnSunday_Politics_Yorkshire_and_Lincolnshire_04_11_2012/

South Yorkshire part starts at 42 minutes