‘Failure of democracy’ but the fight will go on
TWO OF the candidates who hoped to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) have vowed to keep on fighting to raise awareness of the role.
Liberal Democrat candidate John Howson and UKIP’s Lea Trainer were both pleased to increase their vote share despite being eliminated after the first round.
Mr Howson said: “I’m very pleased that we have increased our percentage on last time. We have come third which is probably what we were going to expect, but it will be a much more interesting time when we fight them on the same day as the general election.”
But Mr Howson slammed the government’s lack of focus on this election, calling it a ‘failure of democracy’.
“I’m seriously disappointed that there were only two hustings across the whole of the Thames Valley. That’s bad for democracy,” he said.
“I got a constant stream of people in areas complaining that they knew nothing about the elections at all. I think it’s a failure of democracy on the government’s part and they really ought to review that.” He added: “I think this is the first election where we were improving on our position in 2008 so we’ve had the nadir and on the way back up again.”
Mr Trainer also said that he wants to capitalise on his party’s successes in 2016: “I’m happy, I’m positive. I’ve increased the vote. I wanted to increase the vote and I want to keep the campaign going.
“This isn’t a one shot thing. I want to continue this for the next four years. I want to keep going and go again in 2020.
“It’s clear across the country the UKIP message is growing, it’s positive.”
Saying he wanted to capitalise on the ‘continuity’ of his party he highlighted the need to increase ‘awareness’ of the role and added: “I would like to thank the electorate for voting and increasing the turn out.”