Candidate apologises after pulling out of race for police job

Mervyn Barrett
Mervyn Barrett

One of the contenders to become Lincolnshire’s first police and crime commissioner has apologised to voters after pulling out of the race.

Mervyn Barrett OBE formally withdrew from the contest on Wednesday after his campaign came into the national spotlight.

Mr Barrett, who had previously worked at a criminal justice charity, issued a statement in which he made a series of allegations against a member of his campaign team.

The matters will be reported to the police and Mr Barrett apologised to voters and fellow candidates, describing the affair as ‘embarrassing’.

His campaign team resigned en masse at the weekend after an article in The Sunday Telegraph which questioned the funding of his campaign.

Boston English Democrat Elliott Fountain also withdrew from the race. He has not yet commented on his decision to pull out.

The election will be held on November 15. The candidates will be David Bowles (Campaign to stop politicians running policing), Richard Davies (Conservative), Paul Gleeson (Labour), Alan Hardwick (Independent).