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A Conservative candidate has withdrawn from the election for the put up of Wiltshire and Swindon police and crime commissioner over a 30-year-old driving conviction.

Jonathon Seed, a Wiltshire councillor, stated he had declared the conviction and believed he was eligible for the put up.

In a statement he stated: “Occasion officers confirmed my perception that my offence didn’t disqualify me. I’ve now been suggested that this isn’t the case, and that I’m disqualified as a PCC candidate. I’ve due to this fact withdrawn. I’m bitterly dissatisfied.”

The rely will go forward on Monday in Salisbury however must be re-run if Seed wins the vote.



Inexperienced occasion greater than doubles its variety of seats in Bristol

An amazing outcome for the Inexperienced occasion in Bristol, the place they greater than doubled their variety of seats on town council – and tied with Labour.

The events each gained 24 seats. Labour was down from 33 and the Greens up from 11 whereas the Conservatives remained on 14.

One of many new Inexperienced councillors is 18-year-old Lily Fitzgibbon, a founding member of Bristol Youth Strike 4 Local weather.

She helped organise final yr’s local weather emergency protest within the metropolis attended by Greta Thunberg.

Two Labour cabinet members, Afzal Shah, and Kye Dudd, misplaced their seats in Easton and Central wards respectively.

Labour’s Marvin Rees had already retained his place as directly-elected mayor – giving the occasion an additional vote at full council conferences.

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Nicola Sturgeon is attempting to power the UK authorities right into a court docket battle over a second independence referendum to be able to distract from her occasion’s failure to safe a majority at Holyrood, Douglas Ross has stated.

Chatting with the media on Sunday afternoon, the Scottish Conservative chief was in jubilant temper as he proclaimed he had stopped a SNP majority and “stopped indyref2”.

He stated that “inside hours of the polls closing [Nicola Sturgeon] had resorted to her regular message of division”.

As Michael Gove did earlier this morning, Ross dodged the query of whether or not the UK authorities would take the Scottish authorities to court docket if it progressed laws for a second referendum – as Sturgeon has stated she’s going to, after the rapid Covid disaster has handed.

He stated that it was extra essential to deal with the competency of the Holyrood parliament, implying that the matter was unlikely to get to a court docket battle.

Let’s simply have a look at what the Scottish parliament has the powers to do proper now. I do assume Nicola Sturgeon is focusing her argument on a hypothetical court docket battle about getting one thing by the Scottish parliament that presently it doesn’t have any competency over, to distract consideration from the truth that she has on two events did not safe a majority authorities.

She is framing this as a battle she believes she will power the UK authorities into taking the Scottish authorities to court docket … Nicola Sturgeon is many steps forward to distract from the problems inside her personal occasion and the frustration for many members of the SNP that she has failed to realize a majority.

He identified that each the lord advocate and the presiding officer had a job in deciding what laws is competent to be handed by the Scottish parliament – in accordance with the Scotland Act, issues regarding the union are reserved to Westminster, therefore the necessity for a bit 30 from the UK authorities.

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Labour narrowly missed out on a majority within the Welsh parliament, ending with 30 of the 60 seats, however the indicators are it might select to control alone slightly than forming a coalition or partnership.

The counsel common, Jeremy Miles, instructed as a lot in an interview on BBC Radio Wales when he stated there have been “precedents the place we’ve got efficiently been capable of negotiate funds agreements, legislative preparations on a case-by-case foundation with different events”.

He added:

I believe the arithmetic of this Senedd, the response that the individuals of Wales have given, permits for that vary of potentialities.

On Saturday the primary minister, Mark Drakeford, stated:

We’ve demonstrated prior to now which you can govern efficiently with 30 seats, however my strategy will likely be to work with different events the place there are coverage concepts that we’ve got in frequent.

Within the final Welsh authorities, the one Lib Dem, Kirsty Williams, served as training minister. Williams didn’t stand for reelection.

The one Lib Dem elected this time, Jane Dodds, has dominated out becoming a member of the federal government.

The Welsh Conservatives Senedd chief, Andrew RT Davies, stated he hoped somebody from his occasion could possibly be the subsequent Llywydd – or presiding officer.

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