We’re coming to the end of what has been a very exciting set of elections – with the Police and Commissioner results wrapping up today.
This is the third election for PCC positions, which were created in 2012 after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition promised to “make the police more accountable through oversight by a directly elected individual, who will be subject to strict checks and balances by locally elected representatives.”
The BBC reports that the salaries of PCCs are between £70,000 and £85,000, with those looking after the Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and West Midlands receiving £100,000 – so it’s clearly quite an attractive position (although there has been some debate about how much use the PCCs have been in recent years).
Without further ado, here are some of the results so far – with some conclusions at the bottom.
Avon and Somerset
- Mark Shelford, the Conservative candidate and deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, was elected as the region’s police and crime commissioner.
- He received 34.4 per cent of first preference votes, and was elected after second preference votes were counted.
- In total he secured 161,319 first and second preference votes. Kerry Barker, the Labour candidate, secured 146,293.
- Turnout was 30.7 per cent – up from 26 per cent in 2016.
- He has taken over from Sue Mountstevens, an Independent politician who served from 2012 before standing down.
- A Green Party candidate came third.
- John Dwyer, the Conservative candidate, regained this seat (five years after losing the role).
- Second preference votes helped him beat David Keane, the incumbent Labour PCC.
- Dwyer received 111,962 votes compared to Keane’s 99,463.
- Turnout was up across Cheshire at 27 per cent in total compared to 23.85 per cent as the last PCC elections in 2016.
- Angelique Foster, the Conservative candidate, gained 149,749 votes – compared to 117,564 for Hardyal Singh Dhindsa of Labour.
- The turnout for the election was 35.74 per cent. In 2016 it was 23.93 per cent – when Dhindsa took over from Alan Charles, a Labour PCC.
Devon & Cornwall
- Counting resumed at 9.30am – Alison Hernandez, the incumbent Conservative candidate, is being challenged for the seat.
- Last time she won with 51.1 per cent of the vote in the second round compared to the Labour candidate’s 48.9 per cent, so this could be a tough competition.
Updates from the count for Devon and Cornwall's PCC election count can be found here. Will Alison Hernandez remain in charge or will a new PCC be elected?
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election count https://t.co/u4ych5F1xQ
— George Thorpe (@MrGeorgeThorpe) May 10, 2021
- David Sidwick, the Conservative candidate, was elected with 70,353 votes compared to independent candidate Dan Hardy (with 43,427 votes).
- Sidwick takes over from Martyn Underhill, who served for nine years as an independent before standing down.
- The Labour and Co-operative Party, Liberal Democrats and Green Party were eliminated after the first round of voting.
- The turnout was 25.52 per cent.
Been told the Conservatives could take the Gloucestershire PCC from the Independent incumbent and the Lancashire PCC from Labour. #LocalElections2021
— Jonny Ross 🇬🇧 (@jonnyross05) May 10, 2021
- Jeff Cuthbert was re-elected for the second term as the region’s Police and Crime commissioner.
- His win came after the count for second preference results, as no candidate had a majority in the first round.
- He received 92,616 votes compared to Hannah Jarvis’s (the Conservative candidate) 60,536.
This morning, counters are back hard at work for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner count! Andover Leisure Centre is playing host again, with our results feeding into the regional hub down in Southampton. Democracy in action! pic.twitter.com/pWcs8Mo0N8
— Test Valley BC (@TestValleyBC) May 10, 2021
- Jonathan Evison, currently the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, took the role of commissioner from Keith Hunter, the Labour candidate and incumbent PCC.
- Evison won after a second round of votes was counted, with 74,534 compared to Hunter’s 71,615.
- The turnout was 22 per cent.
- To add to Hunter’s woes, the Tory candidate was a last-minute replacement after Craig Ulliott, the previous candidate, stood down.
- Matthew Scott, the current Kent PCC, won again with 56 per cent of the vote.
- The turnout was 31.8 per cent.
- The position has been held by Clive Grunshaw of Labour since it was created in 2012.
- He secured 44 per cent of the vote to the then Conservative candidate’s 23 per cent in 2016’s last election.
- Votes are still being counted with a final declaration coming soon.
- Rupert Matthews, the Conservative candidate, has become the commissioner – which had been occupied by Labour since 2016.
- The Tories gained their largest ever majority at Leicestershire County Council.
- Matthews won the election with the majority of 33,335 over Ross Willmott of Labour.
- Marc Jones, the Convervative candidate, was re-elected. He won the first round of counting with 102,813 votes from a 31 per cent turnout.
- Rosanne Kirk of Labour came second with 34,310 votes.
- Emily Spurrell, the Labour candidate, was elected as the commissioner with a landslide 178,875 (57 per cent) of the votes. The Conservative candidate took 23 per cent of the votes.
- Jane Kennedy, the area’s previous PCC, left the Labour Party after saying it had failed to deal with anti-Semitism.
- Stephen Mold, the Conservative candidate, is awaiting to see if he’s been re-elected after becoming the commissioner in 2016.
- Philip Allott, the Conservative candidate, has won with 83,737 first and second preference votes, over 30,000 more than Alison Hume, his rival from Labour.
- The turnout was the highest since the PCC post was created in 2012.
- He will take over from Julia Mulligan, a Conservative, who decided to step down from the role at the end of her term.
- Alun Michael of Welsh Labour has been re-elected for the third time.
- He has held the post since its inception in 2012.
- Before that he was the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth for 25 years from 1987.
South Wales police and crime commissioner result:
LAB – 41% (+0.1)
CON – 23.7% (+5.8)
PC – 19% (+1.1)
IND – 8.6% (-8.5)
LD – 4.6% (-1.6)
PROPEL – 3.1% (+3.1)
LAB – 64% (-4.1)
CON – 36% (+4.1)
— Cymru Election Maps (@WalesMaps) May 9, 2021
- The Conservative Party has retained hold of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner position.
- Ben Adams won 136,024 votes – 57 per cent of those cast.
- He took over from Matthew Ellis, who held the post since it was created in 2012.
- Tony Kearon, Labour’s candidate, secured 67,050 votes – 28 per cent.
- Lisa Townsend, the Conservative candidate, has won with 112,260 first preference votes from the public.
- She was elected on second preference votes after no candidates received more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first preference ballots.
- The turnout was 38.81 per cent compared to 28.07 per cent in the last PCC election of 2016.
- The Labour candidate received 40,597 votes by comparison.
- Townsend will take over from David Munro, an Independent candidate.
- The results are expected at around 1pm.
- The results are expected today.
- Counting began this morning.
- Simon Foster, a Labour candidate, has been elected the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. He won a total of 301,406 votes, beating Jay Singh-Sohal, who gained 259,839 votes.
- The election was decided on second preferences, after no candidate won 50 per cent of the vote through first choices.
- Foster takes over from David Jamieson, who retired from the role after seven years.
- Tracey Brabin, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, has been elected as the first West Yorkshire mayor.
- The role will include PCC powers.
The structure of the West Yorkshire mayoralty was tweaked earlier this year to include police and crime commissioner roles. Therefore Brabin can’t remain an MP.
Brabin confirmed she will stand down from parliament immediately if she wins the mayoralty.https://t.co/OxlIDe83G9
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) May 6, 2021
- In one of the most dramatic turn of events, Jonathan Seed, who was standing for the Conservative PPC, has been withdrawn as a candidate on the eve of counting – after it was discovered that he had a 30-year-old conviction for drink driving.
- Counting resumes today, but there will need to be another election if Seed comes first.
- Seed said he had declared the offence to his party and was “bitterly disappointed” to have withdrawn.
Some quick thoughts about the results:
- The Conservatives have done well in the PCC elections (19 out of 27 PCCs elected nationally are Tory).
- The turnout for the elections has gone up in many areas, but you could put this down to the fact that many elections are taking place (if someone is voting for a new mayor, they may as well tick off the form for their PCC too – rather than being particularly interested in the PCC role).
- Furthermore, the turnout for PCC votes only ever seems around 20-30 per cent territory.
- It’s interesting to note the number of PCCs who are standing down. Why is this the case? And will these current PCCS last any longer? (Matthews, the winner in Leicestershire, said he felt tired after the campaign was extended a year by Covid.)
- Quite a few of the candidates got through on second preference votes – hardly the biggest electoral compliment.
- Alun Michael has lasted perhaps the longest – so it’s worth pondering the difference between how long he’s stayed in the role compared to the PCCs standing down in England.