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Commissioner urged to resign over Rotherham abuse

By Dave Higgens

Beleaguered South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright has been urged to resign by councillors in the biggest local authority in his area as they unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in him.

Wright has resisted top-level calls for him to step down since the publication of Professor Alexis Jay's report last week which outlined how at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were subjected to sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2003.

The PCC, who was elected in 2012, was the Rotherham councillor with cabinet responsibility for children's services in the South Yorkshire town between 2005 and 2010 and a Labour member of the council for more than a decade.

Yesterday, Sheffield City Council passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in Wright after Labour members joined a Lib Dem call for him to go.

Wright was Labour's candidate for PCC but party leader Ed Miliband has joined Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa May and deputy South Yorkshire PCC Tracey Cheetham, who resigned last week, in calling for him to go.

When Labour threatened to throw him out following the publication of the report, Wright reacted by quitting the party. The meeting of the cabinet of Rotherham Council was punctuated by shouting from the packed public galleries and interjections from opposition Ukip councillors.

One woman yelled at the councillors: "We are very angry and we don't know why all of you haven't resigned."

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