Under-fire Mervyn Barrett has stepped down from the race to be Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mr Barrett confirmed he was pulling out ahead of tonight’s PCC hustings at Lincoln Drill Hall.
It comes after his entire campaign team resigned following allegations in a national newspaper over the weekend.
The Sunday Telegraph claimed the independent candidate was being “secretly backed” by companies pushing for police privatisation.
He said: “I will be withdrawing from the election and will be issuing a press statement tomorrow.”
Mr Barrett worked for crime reduction charity Nacro for more than 30 years and was made an OBE in 1999 for services to crime reduction.
Others standing for election in Lincolnshire on November 15 are Richard Davies for the Conservatives; Paul Gleeson for Labour; independent candidate David Bowles and independent Alan Hardwick.