‘Fail­ure of democ­racy’ but the fight will go on

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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