Anti-badger cull member pulls out of race to become police commissioner
A MEMBER of the anti-badger cull group has pulled out of the running to become Gloucestershire's police and crime commissioner, citing the expensive process as undemocratic.
Jeanne Berry, of the Badger Party, said there were public safety concerns over the proposed cull in Gloucestershire. Despite her withdrawal, Mrs Berry says the publicity her campaign received has achieved her objective.
She said: "I was always hopeful to be elected as we hadover 1,000 supporters across Gloucestershire. But there was the risk of having to put a lot of money in to support the campaign and to be in the running.
"I am continuing to work with Brian May but there is an element of pride involved here. I did not want to have to ask anyone else for money for my campaign.
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"Gloucestershire police is now taking the dangers surrounding the cull seriously and has cancelled police leave while the cull comes into operation.
"The publicity we have brought to the issue is positive. £5,000 is a lot of money to find and I am retired. The election is not a democratic process and it is political."