Labour’s Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate steps down due to 47-year-old conviction

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AN OFFENCE committed when he was just 14 has led to Labour’s candidate to become the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, prominent councillor Alan Charles, stepping down.

In a statement issued today (Friday) Mr Charles said: “I have today taken the difficult decision to stand down as the Labour Party candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

“The Labour Party has only now received clarification from the Home Office and the Electoral Commission that juvenile convictions for imprisonable offences will bar people from becoming a police and crime commissioner.

“Despite serving as a Councillor for over 20 years and as Vice Chair of Derbyshire Police Authority, I have received confirmation that a minor criminal offence I committed as a 14 year old around 47 years ago for which I was given a year’s conditional discharge has now barred me from standing for the PCC post.”