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Would-be MP admits hopes dashed
Councillor Steven Bayes
Mr Bayes has served on Hull City Council for 12 years
A councillor who wanted to succeed John Prescott as MP for Hull East has admitted his hopes have been shattered after his arrest for gross indecency.

Police in Belfast bailed Steven Bayes, 45, and sent a file to the prosecutor.

The former chair of Humberside Police Authority has also been suspended by his local Labour party.

Speaking of his career, he told BBC Radio Humberside: "It is not going to be easy to revive it unless something miraculous happens, which is unlikely."

Mr Bayes was considered a leading candidate to replace the former deputy prime minister, who will not be seeking re-election at the next general election.

The councillor was arrested and bailed by police in Northern Ireland in December and was given unconditional police bail when he reported back on Thursday.

He is a Labour member of Hull City Council, representing the Orchard Park and Greenwood ward.

As part of the investigation, Humberside Police searched the Labour Party offices and lounge at Hull's Guildhall, on behalf of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.


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