Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has welcomed the resignation of Shaun Wright.
Mr Wright had refused to step down as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire following the Rotherham abuse scandal. He resigned from the Labour Party before the party suspended him and his deputy quit because Mr Wright refused to.
Tony added that the government should move quickly to change the rules for holding Commissioners to account to prevent a similar situation occurring again.
Tony said: “It was clear that Shaun Wright’s position was untenable and he has finally done the right thing by standing down.
“This ridiculous situation, where he was able to cling on to his position for so long when it was clearly untenable, highlights the urgent need for stronger checks and balances in the system to ensure the power is there to remove Police and Crime Commissioners between elections.
“I have argued – since before I was elected – that the accountability framework for Commissioners is not fit for purpose.
“If Police and Crime Commissioners are to maintain credibility, there must be appropriate mechanisms in place to ensure that Commissioners can be removed from office should extraordinary circumstances demand it. I urge the Government to move quickly to correct this anomaly.”
Tony Lloyd is one of the UK’s most experienced politicians. An MP for more than 25 years, he chaired the Parliamentary Labour Party before standing down from Westminster to be elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. He is the former chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.