Fourth candidate joins contest to become Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner

A total of four candidates will fight it out to become Lincolnshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner.

The election takes place on Thursday, May 5, with the results counted the following day to see who will take over from current PCC Alan Hardwick, who is not standing for re-election.

The deadline for nominations expired at 4pm on April 7, with voters having until April 18 to register to vote.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Marc Jones

Lincolnshire County Councillor Marc Jones

First to throw his hat into the ring was Lincolnshire county councillor Marc Jones, who was announced as the Conservative Party’s candidate back in October 2015.

Victoria Ayling, UKIP candidate for the Lincolnshire PCC election

Victoria Ayling, UKIP candidate for the Lincolnshire PCC election

Trained barrister and fellow county councillor Victoria Ayling was revealed as UKIP’s candidate in January.

Lucinda Preston, Labour's candidate for the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Lucinda Preston, Labour’s candidate for the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Labour nominated English teacher Lucinda Preston as its candidate in February.

Daniel Simpson, Lincolnshire Independents' candidate for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Daniel Simpson, Lincolnshire Independents’ candidate for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

A fourth candidate, Lincolnshire Independent Daniel Simpson, was revealed at the eleventh hour as the deadline for nominations ended.

Daniel Simpson is a local businessman and has been a councillor in previous years, including Chairman of the East Lindsey Independent Councillors.