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Mervyn Barrett pulls out of race to be Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

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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.

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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.

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  • InsideStory  |  October 24 2012, 6:13PM

    How do we know if any of the other candidates are not going to be persuaded by others for favors when one of them that we know of belongs to a secret society.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 24 2012, 11:53AM

    This is a best example of why we should not have a PCC. It is easy to 'corrupt' one person than a committee of many.

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  • Whiley45  |  October 24 2012, 8:47AM

    Now will the others pull out before this farce goes on any longer. Enough of our money has already been spent on this ridiculous non-event. If it goes ahead I forecast this will be the smallest turnout of any election ever!

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  • Bill_Door  |  October 23 2012, 8:18PM

    Exactly what he said.

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  • Bolshie  |  October 23 2012, 7:32PM

    I really don't care about having a police commissioner at all - but I do care about having one funded by foreign private sector companies with an outsourcing agenda. Thank heavens the Telegraph outed him in time - and that just goes to show why we shouldn't have these posts at all: a total waste of time and money.

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