Five to contest police election

FIVE candidates are to contest the first ballot to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

However Rob Lane, an independent, who was expected to stand is not one of them and a fifth candidate has been revealed after the nominations closed at noon today.

Independent Charles Swabey will be up against Alan Charles (Labour), Simon Spencer (Conservative), David Gale (UKIP) and Rod Hutton (Independent) for the £75,000-a-year role.

Mr Lane revealed on Twitter that he would not be contesting the election. “With sadness I announce I’m no longer a candidate for #PCC #Derbyshire. Bar simply too high for an #Independent and didn’t quite make it.” He thanked all those who had supported him.

All candidates needed to have their nomination form signed by 100 electors and put forward a £5,000 deposit.

The deposit will be returned if a candidate polls more than 1,000 votes.

Residents across the county will go to the polls on November 15 to decide which of the five will become Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.