UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY BEATEN BY LABOUR IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME COMISSIONER BY-ELECTIONS
The Labour contender for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election, Alan Billings, wins.
Labour retains the post of the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) despite the controversy over the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal. However, the public turnout statistics surfaced two things: increase in the support for UK Independence Party and little public interest for the election.
Alan Billings, who took more than 50% preference votes while UKIP’s Jack Clarkson got only 31.7%, replaced Shaun Wright, who resigned from the post after the release of the report that triggered child abuse scandal. Greater population turned up to vote, comparatively, in 2012 when Shaun Wright was elected (14.5%). With 12.5% and 5.8%, The Conservatives and the English Democrats came third and fourth, respectively.
According to a statement by a Labour superior, the Labour Party beat the UK Independence Party when Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party leader, was claiming to have “put his tanks on their lawn”.
“We took UKIP on and won,” he was quoted as saying, “Let’s see if (David) Cameron can do the same in Rochester and Strood (by-election).”
Shaun Wright faced intense pressure after it was exposed by the Jay report that nearly 1,400 children had been mistreated by bunch of criminals in Rotherham. Mr. Wright was the councilor between 2005 and 2010 who supervised children’s services in the area. He was the contender for the Labour Party in PCC elections in 2012 and won the seat in the first round of balloting. Back then, the supplementary vote system was used in the voting.
UK Independence Party came in fourth position when Shaun Wright was elected.