A Tory candidate for police and crime commissioner has stated he’s “bitterly dissatisfied” after being disbarred over a 30-year-old drink-driving conviction.
Jonathon Seed confirmed he had pulled out of the race for the Wiltshire function after Conservative HQ stated he would disbarred if elected.
Electoral Fee guidelines state an individual can not stand if they’ve been convicted of an imprisonable offence – even when the conviction is spent or they have been by no means jailed.
The Conservative Occasion stated it acted after a driving offence had “come to mild”, however Mr Seed stated he had declared the conviction when he utilized for the function.
“Occasion officers confirmed my perception that my offence didn’t disqualify me,” he stated in a press release.
“I’ve now been suggested that this isn’t the case, and that I’m disqualified as a PCC candidate. I’ve subsequently withdrawn.”
He added: “I’m bitterly dissatisfied that I won’t be able to take up the publish if I have been to be elected. I want the profitable candidate each success within the function.
“I’ll proceed with my work as an area councillor and inside the local people, to which I’ve devoted my life for the previous 20 years.”
A Conservative Occasion spokeswoman stated: “On account of a historic driving offence that has come to mild, the candidate has been disbarred from changing into the Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Mr Seed was re-elected on Saturday as Wiltshire councillor, whereas the depend for crime commissioner is due on Monday.
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