An Independent candidate for the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s job has announced he is stepping down from the running after a disastrous week for his campaign.
Mervyn Barrett announced last night that he was pulling out of the race shortly before he was due to attend a hustings event being staged at Lincoln.
This comes after a controversial article in the Sunday Telegraph calling into question the financing of his campaign and tough questioning at a hustings event in Boston on Thursday.
Following the Telegraph article which linked him with a pro-US Republican party political think tank, his campaign manager and campaign team all resigned.
On Monday, Mr Barrett had refuted the allegations made by the Sunday Telegraph stating: “Throughout my career at Nacro, the crime reduction charity and in my other professional activities I have always sought to uphold the highest standards of integrity and honesty.
“I am not for sale, I never have been for sale and I never will be for sale. If anybody who donated to my campaign thought differently they are very sorely mistaken. It is disingenuous in the extreme to suggest that I am in some way anybody’s puppet. The policies contained within my manifesto were developed and agreed by me alone. They represent the results of my best thinking and my experience developed over three decades in the field of criminal justice.
“I wish to make clear that both I and my campaign are in full compliance with UK electoral law and that we have made strenuous efforts to ensure that this has always been the case.”