VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Home Secretary Theresa May gives her views on PCC by-election

Home Secretary Theresa May has called on voters in South Yorkshire to elect a police and crime commissioner who can bring a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the role.

In an exclusive interview, Theresa May defended the role of police and crime commissioner, brought in by the Government in 2012.

Home Secretary Theresa May pictured during a visit to Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NSST 27-10-14 PCC MC 5

Home Secretary Theresa May pictured during a visit to Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NSST 27-10-14 PCC MC 5

Mrs May said she did not believe the position had been tainted by the departure of Shaun Wright, who stood down in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.

The Home Secretary said she supports having an elected official in place that can ‘hold the police to account’.

South Yorkshire will elect a new PCC in Thursday’s by-election.

Businessman Ian Walker will represent the Conservative Party in the election and says his main priority will be to ‘rebuild trust’ in police in South Yorkshire.

Mrs May visited Doncaster to back the Tory candidate.

Father-of-four Mr Walker will go head-to-head with UKIP’s Jack Clarkson, Doncaster English Democrat candidate David Allen and Labour’s Rev Dr Alan Billings to replace Shaun Wright, who may now face a criminal investigation into his role in children’s services cabinet member at Rotherham Council between 2005 and 2010.

Mr Walker said: “Through my work as a school governor and with the NHS trust I’ve shown that I’m not afraid to delve down into the facts. And that’s what I would do with the police if elected.”