The full list of candidates standing to replace former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has been revealed today.
Four men are in the running to replace Shaun Wright, who stood down in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, in a by-election on Thursday October 30.
The deadline for applications to Barnsley Council was 4pm today and the candidates listed in the statement of persons nominated, in alphabetical order, are:
David Allen from the English Democrats. He is a sales manager from Doncaster who came second in the inaugral South Yorkshire PCC election in 2012. His address is listed as Spotborough ward.
The Rev Dr Alan Billings from Labour. He is the former deputy leader of Sheffield Council, Sheffield parish priest and of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, currently director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University. He lives in Northfield Court, Walkley.
Coun Jack Clarkson, from Ukip. He is a former policeman and current Sheffield councillor, as well as Stocksbridge town councillor. His address as listed as the Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward.
Ian Walker, from the Conservative party. He is the managing director of Rotary Electrical UK, was brought up and educated in Sheffield and has returned to live in the city for the past 20 years. He lives on Whiteley Wood Road, Ringinglow.
Shaun Wright stood down following weeks of pressure following the publication of the Jay report, which revealed that 1,400 girls in the town had been groomed, raped and sexually assaulted over 16 years while authorities turned a blind eye.
Steve Pick is currently the acting PCC for South Yorkshire.
The votes in the by-election will be counted in Barnsley on Friday October 31.
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