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Falling out

Here’s something from a few days back I missed first time around: a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate has stood down because local associations refused to campaign for him unless he joined the party.

The Telegraph reports:

Mr Pye, an independent member of Cambridgeshire Police Authority, said: “I was encouraged to put my name forward as a potential Conservative candidate because of my commitment, skills and understanding of local policing. My values are Conservative but I am not a politician. I believe firmly that the governance of policing must be impartial and non-political. I also do not consider that I could convince the public of my impartial stance if I was a member of a political party – and that has been borne out in many of my conversations with local people.

Another example of the political party as a mediaeval guild (thanks to Anthony Painter for this analogy) – do your time, serve your apprenticeships and we’ll fight off any outsiders. Enhanced by Zemanta

Written by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.