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Live: PCC Elections 2012

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Rolling news on the Police and Crime Commissioner election results as they come in.

1742 Last few results and summary before we sign off. Clive Loader (Con) has taken Leicestershire while Nottinghamshire elects Paddy Tipping (Lab). In another two victories for independents, Anne Barnes takes Kent and in Matthew Grove defeats political heavyweight John Prescott to take Humberside.

Final tally for the evening shows Conservatives in the lead with 16 confirmed commissioners, Labour second with 14 and independents with seven. No reports so far of any successful Liberal Democrat candidates.

1717 Correction to previous unconfirmed report of Labour candidate James Plaskitt’s purported victory in Warwickshire. Position has been claimed by independent Ron Ball on the second count, despite Plaskitt’s lead in the first round.

Other declarations just in: Alun Michael (Lab) takes South Wales, Alan Charles (Lab) becomes Derbyshire’s PCC, Independent Simon Hayes wins Hampshire and Iow, Katey Bourne (Con) takes Sussex and Matt Ellis (Con) takes Staffordshire.

1710 First former officer elected as police commissioner in Northamptonshire. Adam Simmonds, the authority’s former assistant director of leadership, support and democracy and Conservative candidate beats Labour candidate Lee Barron after second round count.

1634 A former senior council officer at Northamptonshire CC has made it to the second round of counting ahead of the pack, according to the Northampton Chronicle. Adam Simmonds, the authority’s former assistant director of leadership, support and democracy - and Conservative candidate for the commissioner post- received 30,436 votes to Labour candidate’s 25,098.

1629 Two more independents secure the commissioner roles as Bil Longmore takes West Mercia and Martin Surl is elected to Gloucestershire. This takes the independents tally to 5 compared with 10 for Labour and 11 for Conservative.

1625 Former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke descirbes the elections as a “dangerous shambles” that many predicted. “The fundamental constitutional and structural problems of these posts have simply been intensified by the shambolic organisation and dismal turnout,” the BBC reports on its live feed.

1616 Breakdown of Cumbria results shows former Allerdale DC chief Richard Jones as making it to the second round of the vote, beaten after the second count by the Conservative candidate Richard Jones by 25,408 votes to 20,317. Mr Jones beat the Liberal Democrat and Independent candidates in the first count.

1610 Two former council chiefs lose their bids to become police commissioners. Labour candidate and former chief of Allerdale DC Patrick Leonard loses out to Richard Rhodes (Con) in Cumbria and Kingsley Smith, former chief executive of Durham CC loses out to Labour candidate Rob Hogg. Two more former chiefs remain in the race: David Bowles for Lincolnshire and Adam Simmonds for Northamptonshire.

1600 Labour and Conservatives now neck-and-neck after reports of two more Tory candidates elected: in Thames Valley and Rossendale.

1551 Support for independents may surprise psephologists. Both Gwent and Dorset fell to candidates with no party allegiance, contrary to the predictions of Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher in LGC last month. The academics predicted that Gwent would be taken by Labour and Dorset by the Conservative party.

1547 Labour’s Olly Martin is elected as Bedfordshire’s PCC

1544 Two more results declared: Labour’s Tony Lloyd wins Manchester and Conservative’s Tim Passmore wins Suffolk. Passmore has criticised the government for holding the elections in November, according to the BBC

1538 Interesting point by Birmingham councillor John O’Shea (Lab) about Conservative MP Conor Burns’ new-found regret about commissioner role (see 1440). “Worth noting that Conor Burns is Tory MP in Dorset where an indep has just won,” Cllr O’Shea said.

1535 In other election news, Bristol City Council elects an independent as its first mayor and Labour wins Corby by election with the “lowest turnout in modern UK political history”, according to Guardian tweet.

1534 Independents’ tally rises to three with the election of Ian Johnston to Gwent

1525 Andy Sawford (Lab) wins Corby

1522 Quick analysis of the 16 results reported here so far: Labour in the lead with eight commissioners, Conservatives second with six and independents trailing with two.

1517 Clive Grunshaw (Lab) has been elected as the new police & crime commissioner for Lancashire, the Home Office tweets.

1515 The Electoral Commission has announced that there will be an inquiry into the PCC elections in the light of the low turnout, according to the Guardian.

1459 Bob Jones (Lab) now PCC for West Midlands- with a salary of £100k, according to unconfirmed reports.

1458 More spoiled paper: BBC reports that number of spoilt papers outstrips Liberal Democrat votes

1453 Reports in that Warwickshire has just returned the Labour candidate and former housing benefit minister James Plaskitt

1450 Another independent PCC has been elected, this time in Dorset. Martyn Underhill won 45% of the vote on a 16% turnout.

1440 Three more results in: Nick Alston (Con) has won in Essex; Barry Coppinger (Lab) in Cleveland and David Lloyd (Con) in Hertfordshire.

Conservative MP Conor Burns tells Twitter he “we will live to regret” creating the police commissioner role

1436 Unconfirmed reports in that the Tories’ Steve Loader has taken Leicestershire

1431 Rob Hogg (Lab) has been elected for Durham. Yorkshire has suffered a political north-south split with the Conservative’s Julia Mulligan elected for North Yorkshire and Labour’s Shaun Wright elected for South Yorkshire.

1424 Winston Roddick has become the first independent police and crime commissioner in the North Wales election, according to the BBC. The barrister and former senior legal adviser to the assembly was elected at a count at Deeside College following Thursday’s poll.

1417 Three more councils have returned results: Christopher Salmon (Con) has been elected in Dyfed-Powys; Jane Kennedy (Lab) in Merseyside; and Vera Baird (Lab) in Northumbria. Both Ms Kennedy and Ms Baird are former Labour ministers

Results tally now totals four with two commissioners apiece to Labour and the Tories.

1240- Discussion of dysmal turnout is dominating PCC election coverage as candidates wait for votes to be counted. Average turnout running at 15%, according to LGC snapshot analysis of 11 areas.

LGA chairman Merrick Cockell has described his disappointment at the low turnout. The first wave of commissioners will have to work closely with councillors, who also have a democratic mandate, he said. “Because of the huge geographic areas commissioners have to cover, they will need to work closely with councillors…really know their patch.”

Reports in that Dorset and Kent could return independent candidates.

1145- Whitehall mandarins involved in the welfare reforms could learn a thing or two from comments scrawled on PCC ballot papers, according to Sandwell BCC chief Jan Britton.

“People in Whitehall planning the future of welfare benefits may wish to enquire how many of the large number of spoiled ballot papers from the PCC elections were annotated with variations around the theme “no Internet, no information, no vote”, she told LGC.

Universal Credit is being introduced with the assumption that the vast majority of applications and updates will be carried out on the internet- under a ‘digital by default’ principle.

1120- Zero turnout for PCC election at one polling station in Newport, according to the BBC

Some results already in for the first PCC elections in England and Wales:

Conservative Angus Macpherson has been chosen as Wiltshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) in the first result to come in after Thursday’s elections.

As widely expected, low turn outs are being reported for the PCC elections, which will see the election of 41 commissioners across England and Wales, excluding London.

Mr Macpherson was elected in a turnout of 15.8%; Wakefield has reported a turnout of 13.8% for the West Yorkshire Police area and Swansea’s turnout stands as 12.8%.

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