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.