Out of the running for police role
A THANET councillor's bid to become the first Kent police commissioner is over after he failed get enough cash support.
Independent candidate Ian Driver has pulled out the race after being unable to raise the £5,000 deposit.
His controversial manifesto proposed the legalisation of drugs and prostitution but believes the election is skewed to favour the major parties.
Mr Driver said: "The whole system makes a mockery of democracy. It is a stitch-up as it is massively weighted in favour of the big parties.
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"Such a big deposit excludes any independent, free thinkers and means we will end up with another bureaucrat playing politics instead of tackling the issues we all face on a daily basis."
It costs nothing to run in local elections and only £500 to bid to become an MP and prospective police commissioners must fund all publicity themselves.
Funding boost for police commissioner elections, page 15.