Candidate backs out after team resigns

Mervyn Barrett, OBE
Mervyn Barrett, OBE

CONTROVERSIAL figure Mervyn Barrett has pulled out of the race to be Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner - only days after being confirmed as a candidate.

His withdrawal came after everyone in his campaign team resigned following allegations from The Sunday Telegraph that Barret was ‘secretly backed’ by companies pushing for police privatisation.

Barrett denies the claims.

Prior to stepping down from the campaign at the PCC hustings at Lincoln Drill Hall on Tuesday 23rd October, Barrett claimed that he ‘was not for sale’. “I have worked to cut crime and prevent re offending for my whole adult life,” he said. “I have always sought to uphold the highest standards of integrity and honesty.”

“The allegations contained within the Sunday Telegraph article regarding my campaign seek to question those values. Quotations from my opponents in the election also seek to undermine my experience and judgement. I am both disappointed and hurt by this.”

He continued: “I am not for sale, I never have been for sale and I never will be for sale. It is disingenuous in the extreme to suggest that I am in some way anybody’s puppet. The policies contained within my manifesto were developed and agreed by me alone.” Barrett has since complained to police about his ex-campaign manager Matthew de Unger Brown. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that former PCC candidate Mervyn Barrett has contacted us about his concerns surrounding the conduct of his former campaign manager. We are now in the process of deciding which is the appropriate force to investigate the matter, ourselves or the Metropolitan Police.”