Councillor back in the running to become Police and Crime Commissioner

A County Councillor is back in the race to become the county’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

On Friday Alan Charles said he was to stand down, as the Labour Party candidate, as it appeared a minor criminal offence he committed as a 14-year-old, around 47 years ago would bar him from standing.

However, following further legal advice, it appears he is eligible to stand as a candidate in the November election.

An East Midlands Labour Party spokesperson said: “Due to a distinct lack of clarity from the Home Office we have sought further legal advice on behalf of Alan Charles, and it has become clear that he is eligible to become a Police and Crime Commissioner candidate.

“Therefore Alan Charles is Labour candidate for PCC in Derbyshire.

“The Labour Party has written to the Home Office calling for them to urgently provide more information and much greater clarity on the interpretation of their legislation for all involved in these elections,” added the spokesperson.

Alan Charles as been a councillor for over 20 years and is Vice Chair of Derbyshire Police Authority.