Khan Juna pulls out of police commissioner contest
October 15, 2012
An independent candidate who wanted to keep 'politics out of policing' has withdrawn from the contest to become Thames Valley Police Commissioner.
The current chairman of Thames Valley Police Authority Khan Juna has pulled out of the election saying that it is impossible for an independent candidate to mount an effective campaign.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Juna said: "It is with great sadness that I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the elections to be Thames Valley’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.
"Having been a member of the Police Authority for nine years I was very concerned about the possible politicisation of policing in Thames Valley and the subsequent loss of public confidence.
"However, despite the Home Secretary’s insistence that she wanted to see high-profile, high-quality candidates from beyond the world of politics, this flawed piece of legislation means that it is impossible for an independent candidate to effectively campaign in an area like Thames Valley with three counties, 21 constituencies and 2.2 million residents.
"Without access to party funds, unless an independent has substantial personal wealth or rich friends it would be difficult to raise the funds needed to effectively campaign right across Thames Valley.
"These are elections which nobody wanted, which few people know about and which, despite the insincere rhetoric of government, have turned into yet another party political campaign.
"With the odds stacked against independent candidates – a challenge exacerbated in Thames Valley given its size and geography - I have made the difficult decision not to stand in these elections."