The Conservative candidate hoping to become South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner says he will work to make victims of child sexual exploitation do not ‘suffer in silence’.
Businessman Ian Walker has been revealed as the party’s candidate and will go head-to-head with UKIP’s Jack Clarkson and Labour’s Rev Dr Alan Billings to replace Shaun Wright, who stood down in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.
Mr Walker, a married father-of-four and managing director of Rotary Electrical UK, said: “Clearly, Shaun Wright’s resignation was prompted by the child exploitation scandal in Rotherham and tackling the issue will be one of my main priorities if elected to the role of PCC for South Yorkshire.
“An inspection of Rotherham Council is taking place while Ofsted is inspecting children’s services, and I would work to ensure victims are not left to suffer in silence and those who exploited them are brought to justice.”
Mr Walker was brought up and educated in the city and has now returned here after working in various roles for health authorities.
He added: “Police and Crime Commissioners are helping to tackle crime up and down the country, making Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family and if elected, I will make sure the people of South Yorkshire will also feel those benefits.”
The Green will not have a candidate in the election on October 30.