The current issue of Police Review has an article on the ex-police officers who are standing for Parliament on May 6.
A total of seven retired policemen are listed. They are:
Bill Brereton - former Deputy Chief Constable, North Wales Police (Lib Dems, Delyn, N Wales)
Nick Colbourne - ex North Wales Police (Labour, Montgomeryshire)
Byron Davies - ex Met and National Crime Squad (Conservative, Gower)
Phil Edwards - Constable, North Wales Police (Plaid Cymru, Aberconwy)
Barney Fitzpatrick - Regional Commander, RUC (Alliance Party, Derry East)
Charles Hill - former Detective Chief Inspector, Met (Independent, Richmond Park)
Dylan Rees - District Inspector, N Wales Police (Plaid Cymru, Ynys Mon)
Oddly the article fails to mention the party that appears to have the highest number of former police officers standing in this election - the fascist British National Party. Consider this list:
Michael Barnbrook - former Inspector, Metropolitan Police (BNP, Dagenham & Rainham)
Michael Green - ex-CID, South Wales Police (BNP, Neath)
Mike Simpkins - ex RAF Police (BNP, Chippenham)
Indeed the above list should actually have been four strong, but John Pugh, the BNP's parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Yardley dropped dead in March. Clearly a career spent eating donuts and shifts sitting around West Midlands police stations does nothing to assist a long retirement! We could perhaps also add Neil Jackson, standing for the fascists in Bexhill & Battle - who is a former member of the Met's civilian staff.
So - poor research at Police Review? Or a dark little secret they want to keep quiet?