Doncaster English Democrat to stand in PCC by-election

David Allen of the English Democrats talks to the audience at the mayoral election debate.  Picture: Andrew Roe
David Allen of the English Democrats talks to the audience at the mayoral election debate. Picture: Andrew Roe

The English Democrats have put forward a Doncaster candidate to stand in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner by-election.

David Allen is the latest candidate to put their name in to the ring for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election, due to be held on October 30.

Mr Allen came second to Shaun Wright in the inaugural PCC election in 2012, with over 22,000 votes.

Mr Wright stood down last month after pressure following the publication of Jay report, which revealed 1,400 girls had been abused in Rotherham over the last 16 years.

Mr Allen says he and the English Democrats highlighted the ‘unsuitability’ of Shaun Wright and the Labour party to hold such a position with ‘what was going on in Rotherham’ in 2012.

He added: “We will not be jumping on any band wagon, only continuing the fight for justice which was started before the last elections.”

Mr Allen says he believes policing budget should not be cut and that the resources available should be spent on crime prevention rather than costly and difficult solution; that the public would prefer the traditional presence of warranted officers patrolling beats, rather than them being removed entirely.

Nominations for the by-election closed yesterday, and other candidates for the post include Labour’s The Reverend Dr Alan Billings, Ukip’s Coun Jack Clarkson, and Conservative candidate Ian Walker,.