Tag Archives: convictions

Union Barron won’t be Police and Crime Commissioner

When TopOfTheCops launched a campaign in August to get PCC candidates to 'fess up' as to whether they had a problem by having the wrong type of criminal conviction over 40 candidates answered the call. In Northamptonshire, of the candidates … Continue reading

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Silly, out of season

August is probably the very last month you would choose to “bury bad news”. With Parliament not sitting and many politicians on holiday normally there is a dearth of news which produces the famous 'silly season' where small curious stories … Continue reading

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Off The Record

TopOfTheCops can exclusively reveal today that Home Secretary Theresa May met with Falklands veteran Simon Weston at the end of January, and just days later he launched his ill-fated bid to stand as an Independent candidate to be Police and … Continue reading

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Another candidate withdraws for no reason?

Alan Charles, Labour candidate in Derbyshire has withdrawn from the election this morning believing himself to be disqualified because of a conditional discharge he received when he was 14. Perhaps he should have read Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act … Continue reading

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A matter of Conviction

Today Bob Ashford has stood down as Labour PCC candidate for Avon and Somerset, having achieved some clarity on the fact that convictions dating from his youth 46 years ago will disqualify him from standing for the office. These were, … Continue reading

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Electoral Commission publish PCC guides

The Electoral Commission have launched their guides for Candidates and Agents in the Police and Crime Commissioner election – required reading, but it has only just happened, so don’t expect me to have a comprehensive knowledge just yet. One thing … Continue reading

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Remember not the sins of my youth?

So wrote David in Psalm 25, reflecting the idea that when we are young we all may do stuff that we shouldn’t, and would rather not have held against us for the rest of our lives (and beyond). While the … Continue reading

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Conviction politics

Time for a ‘told you so’ moment. TopOfTheCops has already told you about candidates having problems with their convictions. Criminal convictions that is, not the other kind – this is politics. Last week the site asked “Are you disqualified from … Continue reading

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