Jim MacArthur has been unveiled as the UK Independence Party’s candidate for Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Party leader Nigel Farage announced Mr MacArthur, a long time resident of the county, as the UKIP candidate at an event at the Samuel Lloyd pub in Gretton Brook Road, Corby, this morning (Saturday, August 18).
Mr Farage also introduced Margot Parker, UKIP’s candidate for the Corby and East Northamptonshire parliamentary by-election following the resignation of Louise Mensch, at the event.
Mr MacArthur served in the RAF and army and served for three years in the Special Air Service.
More recently, for more than 25 years he was a senior executive at two major UK companies.
Mr MacArthur was a member of the European Airports and Seaports Police Association and attended EU security committee meetings, where he advised officials on police and security-related matters.
Until he resigned earlier this week in order to stand in the election for the PCC post, Mr MacArthur was a serving Special Constable for Northamptonshire Police.
Mr MacArthur says he does not want to be what he calls a “bought and paid for candidate” and has said he will not accept financial backing from his party.
He has said that if he is elected he will not allow political considerations “to play any part” in his decision-making.
Mr MacArthur said: “Our county Force, a large organisation and policing, is a complex business. The new Commissioner will have many varied problems to resolve. I do not believe that someone without police and senior management experience in similar-sized organisations will be able to successfully rise to the many challenges which lie ahead.”