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Shaun Wright steps down as PCC after Rotherham report pressure

Shaun Wright has stepped down as South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner after weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal, his office has announced.

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Shaun Wright: I intend to see my duty through

South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright remains insistent that he will not resign from his post, despite stepping down from the Labour Party "with deep regret".

I entered into public service over twenty years ago to make a positive difference. Protecting vulnerable people has been my number one priority as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. I have had to make the difficult decision to stand down from the Labour Party and it's with deep regret that I've come to that decision.

– Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire PCC

However, he said he would remain in his role as PCC after making "progress" during his tenure in the region's response to sexual exploitation.

I was elected to deliver the people’s policing and crime priorities in South Yorkshire and I intend to see that duty through by leading the force on that urgent, and fundamental, journey of improvement for the sake of past, present and potential victims, who are the most important people in all of this.”

– Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire PCC

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