A Tory candidate for police and crime commissioner has mentioned he’s “bitterly disillusioned” after being disbarred over a 30-year-old drink-driving conviction.
Jonathon Seed showed he had pulled out of the race for the Wiltshire function after Conservative HQ mentioned he would disbarred if elected.
Electoral Fee regulations state an individual can not stand if they’ve been convicted of an imprisonable offence – despite the fact that the conviction is spent or they have been by no means jailed.
The Conservative Birthday celebration mentioned it acted after a riding offence had “come to mild”, however Mr Seed mentioned he had declared the conviction when he implemented for the function.
“Birthday celebration officers showed my trust that my offence didn’t disqualify me,” he mentioned in a commentary.
“I’ve now been steered that this isn’t the case, and that I’m disqualified as a PCC candidate. I’ve due to this fact withdrawn.”
He added: “I’m bitterly disillusioned that I can now not be capable to take in the submit if I have been to be elected. I want the a success candidate each and every luck within the function.
“I can proceed with my paintings as an area councillor and inside of the area people, to which I’ve devoted my existence for the previous 20 years.”
A Conservative Birthday celebration spokeswoman mentioned: “Because of a ancient riding offence that has come to mild, the candidate has been disbarred from changing into the Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Mr Seed was once re-elected on Saturday as Wiltshire councillor, whilst the rely for crime commissioner is due on Monday.