UKIP selects former Cambridgeshire County Council leader for police and crime commissioner election

From left: County council leader Nick Clarke, MP Stephen Barclay, Chris Seaton and FDC leader Alan Melton at the press conference for the Wisbech 2020 Vision. ENGANL00120120727164849

From left: County council leader Nick Clarke, MP Stephen Barclay, Chris Seaton and FDC leader Alan Melton at the press conference for the Wisbech 2020 Vision. ENGANL00120120727164849

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UKIP has selected former Cambridgeshire County Council leader Nick Clarke to be its candidate for the upcoming Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The Conservative Party incumbent Sir Graham Bright is not seeking re-election at the May 2016 vote.

Mr Clarke said: “I will ensure the interests of law abiding citizens and victims always take precedence over those of the criminals.

“I have had a lifetime interest in policing from being a police cadet in 1976 to more latterly sitting as an independent member on Cambridgeshire’s Police Authority, where I was the lead for force performance, and deputy chairman of two committees.

“I have worked closely with the chief constable in a number of important areas including the setting up of a multi-agency referral unit for domestic violence and child protection.

“The current PCC has a poor record of public engagement and appears to reject democratic accountability, both of which I see as essential for the role.”

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