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Former assistant director elected to PCC role

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A former Northamptonshire CC assistant director has become the only senior council official to be elected as a police and crime commissioner in last week’s elections.

Adam Simmonds, a former assistant director of leadership, support and democracy at the authority, was elected after running as the Conservative candidate for Northamptonshire. He beat the Labour candidate Lee Barron with 57% of the votes on a 19.82%, after second preferences were counted.

Al three of the other candidates with senior local government roles on their cvs were beaten by rivals. David Bowles, who ran in the Lincolnshire election was beaten by independent candidate Alan Hardwick. Kingsley Smith, former chief executive of Durham CC lost out to Labour candidate Rob Hogg and the former chief of Allerdale DC Patrick Leonard lost out to Richard Rhodes (Con) in Cumbria.

The PCC count concluded last week amid concerns about the historic low-turn out at the polling booths. Only 15% of eligible voters were reported to have voted, compared with 31% in the 2012 local elections and 59.4% in the 2001 general election, according to analysis by the BBC.

The Electoral Commission has launched an investigations into the low turnout.

The majority of PCC roles were Conservative candidates: 16 of the 41 posts. Thirteen Labour party candidates were elected, just one more than the dozen independent candidates who last week become PCCs. Only 14.6% of the successful candidates were woman. The proportion of female MPs in the House of Commons is 22%.

For full LGC coverage of the PCC elections on the day, see here.

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