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The Home Secretary has joined those calling on South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to quit in the wake of the Rotherham child abuse revelations.
Theresa May told Sky News today: "It’s not my job as Home Secretary to hire and fire PCCs. The whole point of them is that they’re elected by the people so it is a choice for electorate."
But she added: "His own party have called for him to resign. I think he has real questions to answers. In the circumstances I think he should heed those calls."
Ms May becomes the first member of the Government to call for Mr Wright, a former Labour councillor, to stand down. It comes after Labour piled the pressure on earlier today.
Labour's chief whip, Rosie Winterton, is understood to asked Mr Wright to resign in a phonecall this morning.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls also weighed in today, telling The World At One: "The Labour Party has no power to compel somebody who has been elected as a PCC to stand down. But it is absolutely our view that he should do so. That is something which has been communicated to him today, and I hope he very much reflects upon the position he is now in."
Mr Wright oversaw children’s services at Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010. The police commissioner and former Labour councillor has so far rejected calls for him to go, saying he was not aware of the scale of the abuse.
But despite Mr Wright's initial defiance, the intervention of the Home Secretary and the Labour leadership could mean his days are now numbered.
The South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said today: “My message is, from my perspective I am very sorry for any abuse that took place. If I could have prevented it, I would. All I can say is that this is top priority and will remain a top priority as long as remain in this role. I give a pledge and commitment going forward.
Mr Wright added: “Of course, I take my share of the responsibility. I only wish I knew more at that time, more could have been done. I do have regrets that I weren’t aware of it at the time. I’ve taken responsibility for that...
"I do have regrets that perhaps I weren’t more aware of the issue at the time where I could have perhaps influenced services better but in the end, I regret my role in that systemic failure and I’ve taken responsibility for that."
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