Julia Mulligan – Conservative – Website
Ruth Potter – Labour – Website
Julia Mulligan has been chosen as the Conseravtive candidate against competition from Peter Walker, former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire who launched his campaign with a website and this article on ConservativeHome. Other Conservative names in the hat at one point or another included Councillor Carl Les, Police authority member and deputy leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Mike Jordan, Jim Clark and Ian Gillies, Leader of the Conservatives at York City Council, is doing the same.
Ruth Potter was the only Labour candidate to make it to the Labour shortlist and so there was no postal ballot.
The Yorkshire post cites writer, priest and ex-cop G P Taylor as having “been approached 11 times by two different political parties”. He said if he did go for the job it would mean less of police pursuing motorists, and more dealing with public nuisance. In the end he decided against it.
As a sign of what is to come, The Advertiser report him as saying “Whoever gets the job is going to have their life pulled apart – and some people have got some very big skeletons in their cupboards.”
The Advertiser adds that another author and ex-cop Mike Pannett, had also “been asked” to consider running, but in teh end he opted to continue writing.
Whoever wins will have the job of appointing the new Chief Constable, as the Home Secretary has decided the existing Police Authority are not to do it.
The North Yorkshire Police have a Police and Crime Commissioner page on their website.