Shaun Wright South Yorkshire Police Commissioner quits job

Shaun Wright has given in to pressure for him to leave his post and has today resigned from the role following the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Shaun becomes the first Police and Crime Commissioner to resign from the role.

In a statement he said “My role as South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report.

“This is detracting from the important issue, which should be everybody’s focus – the 1,400 victims outlined in the report – and in providing support to victims and bringing to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocious crimes committed against them.

“With this in mind, I feel that it is now right to step down from the position of police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction.”

There will now be a by-election to re-elect a new police and crime commissioner for the £100K role.