Late runner stumbles in race for top crime job

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A FORMER Tory MP has failed in his bid to be a Conservative candidate for the role of Humberside’s first police commissioner.

Walter Sweeney, 63, who stood against David Davis in 2008 as an independent, announced his intention to stand on Wednesday, but was told yesterday he had been rejected by the party.

Mr Sweeney said he would make representations prior to tonight’s selection meeting in Goole – which has a single candidate standing, East Riding councillor Matthew Grove. He said: “I think it is wrong that they should be presented with one candidate and no choice given.”