I do not feel that a straight choice between Labour and Conservative candidates, backed by party funds, was democratic. Independent candidates, who would have had to find their own deposit and were not given government support for mailshots were unsurprisingly absent.
In the event, a Conservative was elected. If a Labour government comes to power at the next General Election will a conservative Commissioner be wholeheartedly committed to implementing the policies of a government he does not support?
I am 82 years of age and have voted in every election, by-election, or referendum for which I have been eligible. I did not want to abstain and the only option left was to spoil my ballot paper/