UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom joins police commissioner race
THERE might be fears about a low turnout among voters but those who do go to polls in November will be spoilt for choice when deciding who should become the region's first police and crime commissioner.
Labour's Lord Prescott was the first candidate to be selected by his party.
East Riding councillor Matthew Grove then followed for the Conservatives.
Beverley-based former Tory MP Walter Sweeney, who now runs a bed-and-breakfast business in the town, has also indicated he will stand as an independent.
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Now the battle has been joined by Godfrey Bloom, the region's UKIP MEP.
Famous for a distaste of European red tape and a fondness for bowler hats and drinking tea, Mr Bloom says he aims to shake up the political mainstream in the same way as he has done in the European elections.
First elected for UKIP in 2004, he repeated that success in 2009 when most eyes were on Andrew Brons winning a regional seat for the BNP.
Mr Bloom said he is looking forward to challenging for the police and crime commissioner's post.
He said: "It is my belief that the British police are still the best in the world but constant political interference has unfortunately diminished their status in the community.
"Their job has become dominated by paperwork and political correctness and not feeling the collars of Humberside's criminals.
"I have loads of friends in the more junior ranks who would like to get back to a bit of old-style policing and be sure of public support for doing so. Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern police force once said, 'No minister ever stood, or could stand against public opinion.'
"The public is sick and tired of watching yobs and thugs walk away scot-free.
"I believe no crime should go unpunished and I have a strict no-tolerance view of antisocial behaviour that makes the lives of law- abiding, decent citizens a misery."
Mr Bloom also has frank views about one of his opponents in the campaign.
He said: "I will be up against Lord Prescott in the election for the job. He has a habit of punching those who get in his way but my message to him is that I am up for the fight.
"Anyone who soldiered with me knows I back my team to the hilt. I want to give Humberside Police the support they deserve and the local community the police force they deserve. It will be a big learning curve but I intend to start by listening."
Today was the deadline for nominations in the Liberal Democrat selection process to find a candidate to stand in the election.