Author and former Ryedale police officer Mike Pannett has thrown his hat into the ring to be the county’s next Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Yorkshireman, who spent 20 years in The Met, will stand as an independent against the incumbent Julia Mulligan in next year’s election.
In announcing his candidacy yesterday he attacked Ms Mulligan as “weak” and said he would stand up against Government interference and spin.
He also promised to make sure that police were free to their jobs.
He said: “I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in, and I’ll take no nonsense. I despise political spin and I will make no apology to Westminster for being a plain speaking Yorkshireman fighting for the effective policing of my home county.
“‘You can either shout from the touchline or put your boots on and get stuck in, lad,’ as my dad would say.
“I believe that policing and politics should be kept separate.
“Policing should serve and protect all people, regardless of their political stance, and the Police and Crime Commissioner should represent those people and challenge the policing of the county from an independent position unencumbered by party politics.”
Mr Pannett admitted he would find it difficult to battle Ms Mulligan and her “Conservative machine” but said he could not resist the fight.
He added: “I have come to a point, as have many, where I simply cannot abide another five years of political nonsense from Westminster.
“This has led to unchallenged Government policy being channelled through a weak Police and Crime Commissioner, and is having a profound effect on the delivery of our local policing in North Yorkshire.
“I cannot stand by and watch policing levels and capacity regressing back to the 1970s.
“We are all sick and tired of being spoon-fed government spin that crime is falling and all is well in frontline policing.
“This simply isn’t what we are experiencing right in front of our eyes in our own communities. For the last five years this has been presided over by our Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Julia Mulligan who was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire in 2012.
Her office confirmed she was expected to stand again in the public election in May.