Candidate for police role drops out
A CANDIDATE for the Policing and Crime Commissioner election has pulled out of the race.
Ian Kealey had been intending to stand for the UK Independence Party against Ken Maddock (Conservative), Pete Levy (Lib Dem), John Savage (Labour) and Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens.
But UKIP last night said the 53-year-old farmer, who lives near Wells, could no longer stand for the November 15 election, which will choose a person to oversee the constabulary, set its budget and pick future chief constables.
James Carver, UKIP's South West regional officer, announced Mr Kealey's decision.
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"Having done much preparatory work with the enthusiastic support of UKIP branches and officers throughout the area, Ian and UKIP are both very disappointed that we are not in a position to proceed further this time," said Mr Carver.
"Many factors have led to this decision, including the £5,000 deposit, the extra resources required to fight an effective campaign and Ian's current business commitments."