Northamptonshire police candidate prepared to challenge ‘absurd’ ruling

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A candidate for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire has revealed how he may have to ignore a legal ruling to run for the post.

Lee Barron, the Labour candidate for the new post, has revealed how is prepared to refuse to stand down as a magistrate before the election, which will be held in November.

Guidance issued last Friday by a senior judge has effectively barred magistrates from standing for the post, which in Northamptonshire comes with an estimated £70,000 salary.

Mr Barron, as a serving magistrate who sits at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, is likely to have to stand down as a magistrate before the election.

However, he has revealed to the Chron how he intends to refuse to give up the role and how he will challenge the ruling, if elected.

He said: “I am going to say I am not going to stand down, I am going to carry on and if elected I am going to challenge that ruling.

“There is nothing in the legislation to say a serving or sitting magistrate can’t stand.”

He added: “From what I can gather if you don’t stand down you will be thrown off the bench, which I think is absolutely absurd.”