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South Yorkshire PCC by-election candidate profiles

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) by-election has been triggered by the resignation of Shaun Wright.

Mr Wright stepped down on 16 September over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

He faced repeated calls to step down in the wake of a report that found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were victims of child sexual abuse, from 1997 to 2013.

Mr Wright had been head of Rotherham children's services between 2005 and 2010.

Polling takes place on 30 October between 07:00 and 22:00 GMT.

The candidates in alphabetical order:

  • David Allen - English Democrats
  • Alan Billings - Labour Party
  • Jack Clarkson - UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Ian Walker - Conservative Party

Find out more about each of these candidates below.

DAVID ALLEN - English Democrats

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Image caption David Allen said he would "hunt down and prosecute" abusers in Rotherham

English Democrats candidate David Allen is married with two children and lives in Doncaster.

Mr Allen stood against previous incumbent Shaun Wright in the 2012 PCC election and finished second, receiving 22,608 of the 145,294 votes cast.

Mr Allen said that if he were to be elected he would order the "hunting down and prosecuting" of those responsible for the abuse in Rotherham and also any councillors, officials, social workers or police officers who may be guilty of offences in relation to the scandal.

He said: "The culture of policing in South Yorkshire must change to keep the consent and good faith of the public.

"I promise if elected, to listen to the public and try hold the police to account on their behalf whilst supporting and defending them in their duty too."

ALAN BILLINGS - Labour Party

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Image caption Dr Alan Billings said he would rebuild trust between police and community

Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings was deputy leader of Sheffield City Council from 1981-1986 at a time when former home secretary David Blunkett was leader.

He is a former member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, which oversees the work of the criminal justice system for the under-18s, and a former member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund.

He was formerly a parish priest in Sheffield and is currently director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University. In the 1980s, he was a councillor for Walkley ward.

Dr Billings said that if elected he would start to rebuild trust between the police and the community, and would "ensure that all instances of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham are fully investigated with perpetrators brought to justice, officials held to account and victims fully supported".

He said there must be "no complacency but also no witch-hunting".

JACK CLARKSON - UK Independence Party (UKIP)

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Image caption Jack Clarkson said South Yorkshire Police needed "a great deal of change"

Jack Clarkson is leader of the UKIP group on Sheffield City Council and a town councillor for Stocksbridge.

He joined South Yorkshire Police in 1976 and retired as an inspector at Deepcar in Sheffield in 2006.

He held a temporary post in Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, during the 1984-1985 miners strike.

Mr Clarkson said "a great deal of change" was needed within South Yorkshire Police and the public needed "to be able to trust the police to do the right thing and to help them when they need it most".

"Only UKIP can guarantee that political correctness will not get in the way of investigating crimes, and only UKIP can promise one law for all," he said.

IAN WALKER - Conservative Party

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Image caption Ian Walker said he had an "action plan" to tackle crime

Conservative candidate Ian Walker is from Sheffield. The 55-year-old is the managing director of Rotary Electrical UK and is married with four children.

Mr Walker said: "Police and crime commissioners are helping to tackle crime up and down the country, making Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family."

He said if were to be elected, he would "make sure the people of South Yorkshire also feel those benefits".

"Recorded crime is down 15% in South Yorkshire thanks to the hard work of the police," he said.

"We have a plan of action to continue to tackle crime, which includes stopping people becoming criminals and making the police answer to the community."

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