As it happened: Police election results

Key Points

  • Elections of police and crime commissioners across England and Wales have seen wins by Conservative, Labour and independent candidates.
  • Former deputy PM Lord Prescott was defeated in the election for commissioner of Humberside
  • Low turnouts - typically between 10% and 20% - have attracted much adverse comment. Average turnout was put at about 14.5%.
  1.  
    0858:

    Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the police and crime commissioner election results. We'll be bringing you all the results and reaction as they come.

     
  2.  
    0900:

    The first person to be elected as a police commissioner is Conservative Angus Macpherson, who was picked in Wiltshire ahead of the Labour candidate after second preference votes were counted.

     
  3.  
    0900: Fran

    comments on the BBC News website: I did not vote. We do not know anything about the candidates. What on earth has it to do with party politics? I thought the law was supposed to be independent?

     
  4.  
    0901: Peter Wilson

    comments on the BBC News website: Voted last night and learned on arrival that there was a second choice system if there were more than two candidates. Asked how that would work and no-one knew. Presiding officer looked in their information book and still no answer.

     
  5.  
    0901:

    The first PCC elections look set to be mired in controversy amid reports of low turnout and deserted polling stations. In Wiltshire, 81,477 people out of a total electorate of 520,000 voted - a turnout of 15.8%.

     
  6.  
    0903: Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: Election turnout pitifully low. Democracy = great when you've not got it but not so appealing when you have? Discuss

     
  7.  
    0903: Over18

    comments on the BBC News website: I have no sympathy with those who claim they knew nothing about the candidates. Find out, as I did. Expecting to be spoon-fed all time is a societal malaise. This election is important and involves issues that affect us all.

     
  8.  
    oakwoodbank 0903:

    comments on the BBC News website: Why did these elections need to be conducted on the basis of party affiliations? If ever any position screamed for an independent base it was this one.

     
  9.  
    0904: John Amos in Plymouth

    emails: I am unhappy that political candidates came first and second in Wiltshire. Police Commissioners should not be political. We do not want a politicised police force.

     
  10.  
    0908:

    The Electoral Reform Society has branded the government's handling of the elections a "comedy of errors". It has predicted a turnout of 18.5%, which would be below the previous record low in a national poll in peacetime of 23% - in the 1999 European elections.

     
  11.  
    0910: Araura Berkeley in Glastonbury

    emails: I did vote but am very disappointed in the lack of proper information on candidates - I had early on requested the full info on all my candidates but had to wait until the official leaflets were put through all doors. This was very late on and there was no telephone number whereby I could quiz any of the candidates about their manifesto.

     
  12.  
    0913:

    Also during Thursday's polls, people in Hartlepool voted to abolish the role of elected mayor, which has been in place since 2002. See BBC News website report

     
  13.  
    0913:

    So what are the elections all about? The PCCs will be responsible for appointing chief constables, set local policing priorities and report annually on progress. They will set the force budget and community safety grants and will be overseen by police and crime panels. See our Q&A for full details.

     
  14.  
    0913:

    Responding to criticism over the election turnout, policing minister Damian Green said the PCCs were a new idea that would need time for people to get used to.

     
  15.  
    0914:

    Mr Green told ITV1's Daybreak programme: "It would be better if more people voted - but I think people will get more interested. When you try something new it takes people time to get up to speed on it".

     
  16.  
    0917: Mark Easton Home editor

    tweets: Lack of leaflets? November poll? Real flaw was the public were never persuaded they needed elected police commissioners.

     
  17.  
    0918:

    Labour has been critical of the initiative, with shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna saying: "It has been a total shambles and the £100m spent on it could have been spent on 3,000 police officers. At least if you are going to have the elections, organise them properly and don't have them in the middle of winter."

     
  18.  
    0919: Aled Scourfield BBC News, Wales

    tweets: We are hearing from sources that turnout here in Dyfed Powys could be around 20%. No official word yet. That figure was for Pembrokeshire

     
  19.  
    0919:

    The government believes whoever is elected will have a stronger mandate to set local crime fighting priorities than the unelected police authorities which they will replace.

     
  20.  
    0926:

    Conservative Angus Macpherson, who was voted as the first commissioner following an overnight count in Wiltshire, will be paid a salary of £70,000 a year. He previously served as a borough councillor in Swindon and as a member of the police authority. Read our full story here.

     
  21.  
    0927: Shareen Campbell in Swindon

    emails: This is the first time in my life (I am 55) that I have not voted, including all local and general elections, as I consider it a civic responsibility to vote. If I had voted, I too would have spoiled my ballot paper with a message to this effect.

     
  22.  
    0927: Beth Rees in Cardiff

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay It was all a bit political for me so preferred not to get involved #notindependent

     
  23.  
    0932:

    If Labour wins the seat in Northants vacated by Louise Mensch, it will be the first time in 15 years the party has taken a Tory seat at a by-election.

     
  24.  
    0932:

    Meanwhile, Labour has held two seats, in Manchester Central and Cardiff South and Penarth in two by-elections also held on Thursday. The result is due later in the Corby by-election - seen as a crucial mid-term test of David Cameron premiership. See our by-election coverage here.

     
  25.  
    0932: Matt Crocker in Bristol

    tweets: I spoilt my ballot. I didn't ask for a PCC, I don't want a PCC. Clearly none of them have a mandate.

     
  26.  
    0936: Mark Hutchings, Radio 5 live

    tweets #Gwentpcc turnout ... 14.3%. That includes any spoilt papers.

     
  27.  
    0937: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    Supporters of the creation of PCCs say these elections are a historic shift in policing England and Wales. But based on the turnout figures we've seen so far, the public have hardly been gripped. The question is why? Is it that the public don't care - or is it that they don't know?

     
  28.  
    0938: Stuart Worthington in Cheshire

    emails: When will politicians realise that just because they think police commissioners are a great idea, it doesn't mean that the rest of the population agrees? No one asked if we wanted to change the system, there wasn't a box on the ballot form for "none of the above" so I made my own and ticked that.

     
  29.  
    0938: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    Many voters have been complaining they didn't know enough about the candidates and didn't quite get what it was all about. So the policy's harshest critics will say commissioners will take office suffering from a credibility gap and a questionable mandate - compromising their ability to oversee chief constables and deliver real change.

     
  30.  
    0939: Kirsty in Farnborough, Hampshire

    emails: We voted last night, and apparently there had been approx 28 people in the last two hours. This is disgraceful, people fought and died so we could have democracy. As for those who did not know the candidates etc, look on the websites for the details. I am disgusted by your laziness!

     
  31.  
    0940: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    But ministers will insist that success can't be measured in how many voted - but whether the PCCs help to cut crime and modernise the police.

     
  32.  
    0940:

    Counts are starting to get under way in some of the 40 remaining areas. Results are expected later on Friday. For full results in your area keep an eye on our page here.

     
  33.  
    0945: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    tweets: The turnout for the Cleveland police commissioner election is confirmed as 15.12%.

     
  34.  
    0946: Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Counting about to start in Corby by election

     
  35.  
    0947: Richard

    comments on the BBC News website: I did go and vote even though I thought this is the biggest waste of taxpayers' money ever. I voted because there was an independent standing in my area. Had the choice only been between the three main parties' stooges I would have spoiled the paper. This will be a disaster for policing.

     
  36.  
    0948:

    BBC Wales reporter James Williams reports that counting is under way in South Wales. There is no indication of turnout but the returning officer says he would be surprised if it was markedly different from Gwent's 14%.

     
  37.  
    0954:

    Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty congratulates Angus Macpherson on his election. He says he looks forward to working with him, "to shape a programme of work to help enable him to deliver his manifesto and priorities, as we continue to protect the public of Wiltshire and Swindon".

     
  38.  
    0955: John Green in Sheffield

    emails: : No independent candidates stood in South Yorkshire, and not wanting political interference, I went to vote but spoilt my vote by writing 'no independent therefore none of the above'. I think that the whole idea is flawed, the electorate generally not knowing who is standing. A local elected representative on a police committee might have been a better option.

     
  39.  
    0955: Les Nuttall

    comments on the BBC News Facebook page: I voted for an ex-policeman. You cannot manage something you know nothing about. To be an engineering director you have to be qualified in engineering. This applies to the police too. I agree with some that this should be outside politics though.

     
  40.  
    0955:
    Count at Southampton Guildhall

    BBC cameraman Andy busy filming the count of Hampshire and Isle of Wight police elections at Southampton Guildhall.

     
  41.  
    0955: Nigel Cook in Saffron Walden, Essex

    emails: I did vote, but was amazed at the lack of information. We had six candidates; one sent regular communication, one dropped one leaflet and nothing from the other four.

     
  42.  
    0958:

    In Corby, where the by-election count has just begun, it is confirmed that 35,733 votes were cast, with a turnout of almost 44.8%.

     
  43.  
    1003: Hywel Griffith BBC Wales

    tweets: Reports from Newport that one polling station had zero votes yesterday - ballot box returned empty

     
  44.  
    1003: Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

    tweets: Essex turnout in PCC election 13.06% and declaration expected at 12.30

     
  45.  
    1006: James Williams BBC Wales

    tweets: Independent Tony Verderame popped his head in. "James, this has been a shambolic election!" Complaining again about no mailshot

     
  46.  
    1009: Jon Kay BBC West of England correspondent

    tweets: Vox-pops in Swindon on the Police & Crime Commissioner election. Stopped 20 people. Only one had voted. And she couldn't remember for whom!

     
  47.  
    1014:

    Turnout in Merseyside is reported to be 12.9%.

     
  48.  
    1014:

    Elections expert Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University has said Wiltshire, where 15.3% of people voted, would normally be expected to be one of the areas of the country with the highest turnout.

     
  49.  
    1014:

    "It looks pretty likely that this will be the worst turnout in any nationwide set of elections ever and therefore will raise questions about whether this whole exercise was worth it in the first place," Prof Curtice added.

     
  50.  
    1017: Sian Grzeszczyk BBC Coventry & Warwickshire political reporter

    tweets: I've just been told there are lots of spoilt ballot papers in Coventry #pcc awaiting a definite fig. Only 25,8632 people voted in Coventry

     
  51.  
    1020:

    Campaign group Unlock Democracy has written to the home secretary calling the elections a "disaster". The letter urges: "We must never allow a set of major public elections like this to go ahead on the cheap, at the wrong time of the year and with so little help for the electorate to make an informed decision."

     
  52.  
    1022: Adam in Uckfield

    emails: Kirsty from Farnborough, people fought and died to give us the right to choose to vote, not to force us, that's not democracy. Also, not everyone has the internet. I didn't vote because the police should be independent and not affiliated to any political party. Plus all the candidates made promises they cannot keep (typical politician!)

     
  53.  
    1025:

    For further live coverage from correspondents at counts around England and Wales, also check out the BBC News Channel.

     
  54.  
    1033:

    In Thames Valley, UKIP Candidate Barry Cooper says, "No matter what the turnout is, the madate will be delivered if the person does the job properly".

     
  55.  
    1033: Rob Maddison in Devon

    emails: How can the government justify the huge cuts to police officers numbers and then spend millions of pounds on individuals that are clearly not welcomed by the vast majority of the public they will serve.

     
  56.  
    1034: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    tweets: On turnout @GuyOppermanMP says the government will learn lessons but refuses to say it was a mistake not to allow a free posting

     
  57.  
    1034: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Asked 5 people how they voted in #pcc elex on way to count in Manchester just now. 3 didn't bother, 2 didn't know what I was talking about. I know that's not a scientific poll, but it still surprised me.

     
  58.  
    1035: Jon Kay BBC West of England correspondent

    tweets: Question: Is it possible that more people voted for "I'm a Celebrity" last night than in the #PCC elections..?

     
  59.  
    1035: Gyles Glover in Durham

    emails: I voted for a PCC. It required some active internet searching and reading to get an understanding of what the various candidates stood for and what qualities each would bring to the role. I work in the learning disabilities field. I wonder what proportion of the population could have engaged seriously with this election.

     
  60.  
    1039: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    All three parties need to look at how they have approached the election as there has been a lack of political drive. Labour has gone along with the idea of commissioners but has never guaranteed it will keep them if there is a Labour government. The Lib Dems were equally iffy; they have only put candidates up in about half the areas and are not getting central funding.

     
  61.  
    1040: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    The commissioners are the Tories' big idea, but just a few months before the election, the man masterminding the project, [police minister] Nick Herbert, stood down.

     
  62.  
    1042: Daryll Moreton

    posts on the BBC News Facebook page: I voted, I had leaflets from all three candidates pushed though my door and lots of information placed on local websites about them. I don't agree with this idea but I voted so I can't complain about who gets the job.

     
  63.  
    1042:

    Tory MP Guy Opperman - parliamentary private secretary to home office minister Mark Harper - says lessons can be learned from the low turnout in the PCC elections.

     
  64.  
    1043:

    On the £75m the government spent on publicising the elections Mr Opperman tells BBC 5 live: "That's a judgement call and we'll learn lessons - I don't think there's any doubt you can learn lessons from these things."

     
  65.  
    1044: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    tweets: The poll station officers say most people who did vote complained about a lack of information about the election.

     
  66.  
    1044: Emily Shimell

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I live above a polling station in Bristol. Knew about the mayoral election, didn't know about #pcc vote til yesterday.

     
  67.  
    1047: Richard in Staines

    emails: Out of respect for the democratic process I went to my polling station. Then I spoiled my ballot paper. This was the only way to register my wish not to have a PCC, and to protest about the lack of information...

     
  68.  
    1047: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    tweets: The relatively high #PCC election turnout in South Lakeland - 23.4% - could reflect the fact that voters have had leaflets from candidates.

     
  69.  
    1043: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    says that the low turnouts might put incoming Commissioners in a difficult position

     
  70.  
    1050: Juliet50

    comments on the BBC News website: I voted yesterday, my husband and daughters voted and we read about the candidates on the choosemypcc website. Obviously we were in the minority. I spoke to colleagues at work and local friends and they all voted as well.

     
  71.  
    1053:

    Rob Burberry, elections co-ordinator for UKIP, tells the BBC News Channel says the majority of the country has spoken, "with a firm voice, 'we don't want commissoners'". He says his party agrees, as it favours police boards.

     
  72.  
    1054:

    Meanwhile, watch the BBC News Channel at 11.00 GMT when deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes will appear.

     
  73.  
    1054: Matt Longley

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay my son missed a day at school for this farce the government need to have a long hard think #PCC

     
  74.  
    1054: Wayne David Labour MP for Caerphilly

    tweets: In Caerphilly there were 2.5% of votes spoilt. Many people were deliberately spoiling their ballot paper. This election has been shambolic.

     
  75.  
    1055: Norman Bland in Four Marks, Hampshire

    emails: Who asked me whether I wanted a PCC? Most candidates are affiliated to a political party and having such people overseeing our police forces is totally wrong. This has to be one of most undemocratic elections I have ever witnessed.

     
  76.  
    1058: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    tweets: Lib Dems tell me they think they got around half the #PCC votes in South Lakeland - the home of @timfarron and his election machine.

     
  77.  
    1058: Andy Thompson in Nottinghamshire

    emails: To a degree, I agree with the comments that people should have found out about the candidates running rather than being spoonfed. However, I tried to do this for Nottinghamshire and found the Notts PCC website (www.notts-pcc.org). It doesn't even list the candidates! There is a national website but it was very hard to find!

     
  78.  
    1105:

    Some more turnouts for you. Gloucestershire saw 17.1% or 80,618 votes, while Essex saw 171,617 which is 13.06%. Some 79,906 people voted in North Wales, a turnout of 15.24%.

     
  79.  
    1105: Chris Dearden BBC Wales News

    tweets: Plenty of spoiled papers here at North Wales police commissioner count. Someone written "waste of time" in large letters clearly visible.

     
  80.  
    1113:

    Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes tells the BBC News Channel the reason there wasn't a great turnout was it was the first time people have been presented with the idea of voting for a commissioner.

     
  81.  
    1113:

    Turnout in Bedfordshire is 18.9%.

     
  82.  
    1113: Mark Temple in Bristol

    emails: I fundamentally disagree with putting a single person (often party representatives) in charge of the police. I voted in the only way possible - I wrote "spoilt" on my ballot paper.

     
  83.  
    1113: Egg in Maidstone

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Surely everyone received a #PCC polling card? Surely everyone has means to research candidates? Lazy and poor excuses.

     
  84.  
    1115:

    Two more turnouts for you. Sussex saw 15.82% of people vote, while West Yorkshire saw 13.78%.

     
  85.  
    1116:

    At the Corby by-election count, BBC political correspondent Robin Brant says early stacks show Labour leading the Tories by more than two to one.

     
  86.  
    1119: Chris Mason Political correspondent

    There was a perfect storm for a low turnout. Firstly, replacing something many people hadn't heard of, police authorities, with something many don't yet understand, police commissioners. Secondly, asking people to schlep to the polling station on a miserable day in November.

     
  87.  
    1120: David Owen

    comments on the BBC News Facebook page: I exercise my right to vote. I always have. This time I revised my right to show disgust by not voting. We do not need politicised stooges directing the police.

     
  88.  
    1120: Chris Mason Political correspondent

    Thirdly, the government deciding not to fund a mailshot to all voters with information on local candidates, encouraging people to look information up online instead. But make no mistake. This is a very big change to how the police are governed. And removing the right to have a say - democracy - once it has been introduced, is very difficult.

     
  89.  
    1124: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    tweets There could be a strong showing for Independent candidate Mary Robinson in the Cumbria #PCC election.

     
  90.  
    1125: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: Lib dem deputy leader Simon Hughes says no "legitimacy" issue surrounding Police Commissioners. "If you win you win"

     
  91.  
    1130:

    A note on the turnout figures we're using. The figures appearing on this live page so far (apart from the final Wiltshire result) are for "all votes cast" which includes spoiled ballot papers. This is the figure which gets reported before counting starts.

     
  92.  
    1130:

    But the turnout figure we will use in our final results is for all votes cast - minus spoiled ballots. This figure comes immediately after the result is announced. That will explain any difference in the figures, we hope.

     
  93.  
    1135: John Hess Political Correspondent, East Midlands Today

    tweets: Tory MP Mark Spencer on low turn-out,says it'll take time."It'll be like the London mayoral elections.The voters will engage."

     
  94.  
    1135:

    In Doncaster, the lowest number of votes in a ballot box was five, BBC political reporter James Vincent says.

     
  95.  
    1138: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: So based on figures so far: Average PCC turnout is just over 15%. Highest is Northants at almost 20% West Mids the lowest at 12%

     
  96.  
    1138:

    A couple more turnouts (which include spoiled ballot papers) for you, Northumbria saw 16.8% of people vote, with 13.3% of voters taking part in the Thames Valley area. Lancashire saw 15.5%, 172,710 people voting, with the Leicester and Rutland turnout recorded as 16.36%.

     
  97.  
    1141: Hywel Griffith BBC Wales

    tweets: Alun Michael - Labour candidate for South Wales #PCC - says turnout shows the "electorate has been let down" by lack of information

     
  98.  
    1148: Ed Furness in Bristol

    emails: I voted. But surely in these days of mobile/internet we can introduce more imaginative forms of voting to engage electorate and raise turnout?

     
  99.  
    1151: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: Former Home Sec David Blunkett says low turnout means it'll be "very difficult" for Police Commissioners to say they have a mandate

     
  100.  
    1155: John Edwards in Egham, Surrey

    emails: We went to vote yesterday for the police commissioner for Surrey and we were the only ones there and, everytime I went past the polling station only once did I see someone in there voting.

     
  101.  
    1157: Tim Bungard in Basingstoke

    tweets: I voted last night, at 19:15 I asked how many people had turned up - I was told, out of 1154 on the list, only 57!! FARCE!!

     
  102.  
    1157: Sophie Souflas

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay We held a hustings at Cardiff Uni for local PCC candidates. Public and students alike were clueless about the election.

     
  103.  
    1200:

    Blackburn MP Jack Straw describes the turnouts as "lamentable" but blames the government for the way the roles have been constructed. "It was almost as if the Conservatives were embarrassed by the idea of having these polls. Well, some may say they have got what they wished for."

     
  104.  
    1201:

    Mr Straw adds: "...This is a very poor start for these police commissioners, whichever party they come from. It was crazy to voluntarily choose mid-November for the election. It is cold, it is dark, the clocks have gone back. I was going around on a loudspeaker van late yesterday afternoon - I have done this for 40 years - but in the end I gave up."

     
  105.  
    1202: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Winchester has topped 20% turnout for the election of the Hampshire PCC

     
  106.  
    1202: Brian Harris in Newport

    emails: I actually did vote, by using my postal vote. If, however, I did not have access to the internet I would not have a clue as to who to vote for.

     
  107.  
    1211: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    tweets: #Cleveland #Pcc Labour increasingly confident of a Barry Coppinger victory, the phrase 'home and dry' has been aired. Counting continues.

     
  108.  
    1211:

    Labour Candidate Tim Starkey tells BBC reporter Emma Vardy: "Whoever wins this, their first job is going to be to explain the role better because there's been a lot of confusion, and to engage with all the communities in the Thames Valley".

     
  109.  
    1211: Alex Williams in Leicester

    emails: Many people perhaps did have the necessary information about the candidates and the process, but that doesn't translate to making people care. I think the low turnout reflects the powerlessness that people feel in the democratic process..

     
  110.  
    1212:

    The turnout in Norfolk, which includes spoilt ballot papers, is confirmed as 15%.

     
  111.  
    1213:

    The counting for the pcc election in Gwent will go to a second round, which is due to start at 13.00 GMT.

     
  112.  
    1214:

    Meanwhile, turnout in Stoke-on-Trent, part of Staffordshire force area, is confirmed by the city council as 9.46%.

     
  113.  
    1214: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: I've calculated an average turnout of 15.4% from 31 of the 41 PCC areas, give or take a few tenths of a per cent.

     
  114.  
    1221:

    The declaration of results in York is being brought forward by one hour to 13.00 owing to low turnout, Nick Morris, political reporter at BBC Radio Leeds, reports.

     
  115.  
    1221: Mark Easton Home editor

    Those were contributory factors, but I suspect the real flaw was something more fundamental - the voters were never persuaded they needed an elected police and crime commissioner. Read Mark's thoughts on the PCC elections in full, here.

     
  116.  
    1221: Mark Easton Home editor

    Following the public's indifference, there will be arguments about the wisdom of holding an election in November, the lack of information, the fact that many details were only available online, concerns about politicisation of the police, the vast constituencies, the shortage of high-profile candidates and on and on.

     
  117.  
    1222: Nigel Coldwell

    tweets: Don't assume low turnout is apathy. I actively didn't vote. Would've spoiled paper but I thought they'd count it in turnout.

     
  118.  
    1222: Sian Grzeszczyk BBC Coventry & Warwickshire political reporter

    tweets: 884 people spoilt their ballot papers in Coventry. Bob Jones the labour candidate takes the first round in Coventry #pcc he got 46%

     
  119.  
    1224: Walsallian

    comments on the BBC News website: Voted, but only because we had an independent, ex copper, as an option. The dictatorship of a politician in this role is abhorrent, particularly as the big parties are able to buy publicity that the independents cannot afford.

     
  120.  
    1227: Andy Gaffney in Gloucestershire

    emails: After serving in the police and seeing what it's like from that perspective - I chose to rip my polling card when I received it. If the government is to destroy policing and waste even more money - then it's mission accomplished, policing should not involve politics - period.

     
  121.  
    1227: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Real work for any successful #PCC starts immediately: six weeks to set the budget and a costed crime plan. They won't have much of a Xmas.

     
  122.  
    1227: Doug in Sunbury

    emails: Richard says he had no information so spoiled his ballot as a protest. In the same constituency as he I received a mailshot from the Lib Dems, UKIP and the Tories. As well as this, I researched information from open sources. So, I don't agree with him. An informed choice could be made on all candidates.

     
  123.  
    1228: Matt Boothman in Huddersfield

    emails: I was aware of the elections if not the candidates involved; but was entirely unaware of the STV voting method. The election officials very kindly explained the system to me, but is this really their job, or the job of the government to make its citizens aware?

     
  124.  
    1235: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    tweets #Cleveland #Pcc Stockton first preference results: Barry Coppinger (Lab) marginally ahead of Ken Lupton. L 8186, C 7807, G 1707, I 3844

     
  125.  
    1236: Ben in Cambridge

    emails: The first election since I turned 18, shame I felt the need to spoil my ballot paper. Totally unneccessary change.

     
  126.  
    1236: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: Downing Street blame low turnout in part on lack of coverage by London media."The national media have not covered themselves in glory."#pcc

     
  127.  
    1238: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: No 10 say would not have been appropriate at a time of austerity to use taxpayers money for free mail shots for Police Commissioner elex

     
  128.  
    1242: Oli Moore in Exeter, Devon

    emails: I voted, so did my wife and we took our 5-year-old son with us. The laziness of people in this country is quite shocking, you would've received polling cards - what more do you need to know an election is on? The information was there, you just needed to look a bit.

     
  129.  
    1243: Breaking News

    Conservative Christopher Salmon is elected on first count in Dyfed Powys.

     
  130.  
    1245: Judith Beckett in Budleigh Salterton, Devon

    emails: Our local BBC news (Spotlight) has shown an interview with each candidate over the last couple of weeks, in addition it was very easy to find their profiles online. We did this, read them and made our judgement. And we voted. We are so lucky in this country to have the opportunity to vote, which is not the case in much of the world.

     
  131.  
    1252: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: My colleagues report Ann Barnes doing well in Kent. If any independent win it's likely to be her. And likely the only independent.

     
  132.  
    1252:

    In Dorset, independent candidate and ex-chief inspector Martyn Underhill is ahead on first preferences, BBC South political editor Peter Henley reports.

     
  133.  
    1253:

    After the first count in the race to become mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, an independent campaigning as Bristol 1st, leads with 33,321 (36.56%) votes, with Labour's Marvin Rees in second place with 25,896 (28.41%) votes.

     
  134.  
    1253:

    Second round counts due to take place in North Wales and Cleveland.

     
  135.  
    1254: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Well we got as far as lunch before the "London media" was blamed by the govt for low #pcc turnout.

     
  136.  
    1254: Stephen in Cheltenham

    emails: In over 40 years this is the first election in which I chose not to vote as I totally disagree with concept of elected Police Commissioners and the way in which the selection process operates. I would, however, have voted in a referendum to decide whether or not we wanted Police Commissioners.

     
  137.  
    1255: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Christopher Salmon is the PCC in Dyfed Powys. Turnout was less than 17%. So he was elected by 8.3% of all registered voters.

     
  138.  
    1258: Len Tingle BBC political editor, Yorkshire

    tweets: #labour way head as first of four local counts declared in South Yorkshire- 56% of first preference votes in #Barnsley #PCC

     
  139.  
    1258: Martin Beckford Mail on Sunday home affairs editor

    tweets: Pretty low of Govt to blame media for low #pcc turnout. Some of us have written dozens of stories on the elections, with no help from them

     
  140.  
    1301:

    Second round count under way in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex PCC elections.

     
  141.  
    1303: Sean O'Neill The Times crime editor

    tweets: Low turnouts and new voting system means results will be volatile - expect independent #PCC candidates to do well

     
  142.  
    1307:
    hristopher Salmon (second left) with his party colleagues

    The winning candidate in Dyfed Powys, Christopher Salmon (second left) with his party colleagues.

     
  143.  
    1308:

    In Dorset, the Conservatives are refusing to share the platform with Independent candidate Martyn Underhill when final declaration takes place at 14.15 GMT. They claim there's been negative campaigning.

     
  144.  
    1309:

    Meanwhile, the BBC understands that the polling station in Newport with zero votes in the election for a police commissioner for Gwent is in the Bettws ward.

     
  145.  
    1310: Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

    tweets: 3.8% of ballot papers in Suffolk were spoiled, that's 3,329 #PCC

     
  146.  
    1311: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    Christopher Salmon will be chuffed at becoming the PCC for Dyfed Powys. He took 50% of the votes cast - but those supporters make up less than one in 10 of all those who could have voted across the police area. Those who did vote for him will no doubt expect his background to help him knock heads together to improve policing. He was formerly in the army and served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq.

     
  147.  
    1312: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    Mr Salmon has, however, conceded that PCCs may have a mountain to climb to convince the voters they're up to the job. "I am listening. We have lessons to learn," he said at the count.

     
  148.  
    1316: Mark Dormer in Shotley Bridge

    emails: I voted at about 8:20pm last night. After 13 hours of the polls being open I was only the 22nd person to cast a ballot in person at my station from an electorate of around 420. Never has my vote counted more!

     
  149.  
    1317: Paul Stubbington in Bournemouth

    emails: I believe part of the reason for the low turn out was the poor availability of information for each of the candidates. We had the pamphlet on how to vote and also the voting card delivered, but no information on the candidates. Searching online obtained the info but the web site was clumsy.

     
  150.  
    1319:

    Lord Prescott arrives for the Humberside count and tells reporters he feels he "put the best case forward" deserves to win. Asked about turnout, he says: "It was always a problem. It looks as if people didn't even know there's an election".

     
  151.  
    1328: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    Vera Baird's elected as Labour's first PCC - Northumbria.

     
  152.  
    1329: Breaking News

    Labour former minister Jane Kennedy is elected on first count at Merseyside.

     
  153.  
    1332:
    People at polling station

    The BBC's Richard Moss says Lib Dems are poring over the figures as the count continues in Cumbria.

     
  154.  
    1333: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: 1st Northumbria #pcc Vera Baird is former solicitor general. Also involved in Stern review, which called for grtr focus on rape victims.

     
  155.  
    1337: Mark Hutchings , BBC News

    tweets: Nearly 3,000 votes were spoiled in Dyfed Powys - 4.3 per cent of those cast.

     
  156.  
    1345:

    In Northumbria, results show that Vera Baird achieved over 50% in the first round and was therefore elected without a second count being required. Some 100,170 first preferences gave her 56% of the vote.

     
  157.  
    1346: Ronald Dadd in Waterlooville

    emails: The previous system was undemocratic with members of police boards being political place men and women. A system that allows political parties to support individuals is also suspect, one wonders why political parties feel it to be necessary.

     
  158.  
    1352:
    Christopher Salmon

    Christopher Salmon, the Conservative who won in Dyfed Powys, says the message from the turnout is that "people still don't understand what the police commissioner will do". "We clearly must learn lessons from this election and that is what we will do," he says, arguing that people become enthusiastic when the role of commissioners is explained.

     
  159.  
    1353:

    Mr Salmon says he wants to see a greater emphasis on neighbourhood policing, to cut down on anti-social behaviour. He says his role as PCC will cut down on red tape.

     
  160.  
    1353: Max in Llansanffraid

    emails: Only the sketchiest information about the candidates and their intentions available, even after online search. One candidate came to the area but could not provide detailed answers. The other never came.

     
  161.  
    1354: Rob Blagden in Gloucester

    emails: We didn't get any information and didn't even receive our polling cards!

     
  162.  
    1356:

    Prime Minister David Cameron says turnout was always going to be low when you're electing a post for the first time. "It takes time to explain a new post," he says. People in the post will be able to prove their worth, he says, adding that more people will turn out to vote next time.

     
  163.  
    1357: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    says the Electoral Commission is to launch a review of the Police Commissioner elections in the wake of the low turnout. The Commission says it regard the turnout as " a concern for everyone who cares about democracy".

     
  164.  
    1400:

    Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson has been giving more information about the review. He says: "The government took a number of decisions about how to run these elections that we did not agree with. But what is important now is that the right lessons are learnt: We will talk to voters, candidates and returning officers to understand what worked and what didn't. The commission is going to undertake a thorough review, and we will present our findings to Parliament in early 2013."

     
  165.  
    1401:

    Back to the new Dyfed Powys commissioner, Christopher Salmon. He rejects the idea that the position will lead to policing being politically motivated. "I'm going to represent the people of my patch, not the party," he says.

     
  166.  
    1404:

    Counting is under way in Gloucestershire, where a total of 17.1% of the electorate - 80,618 people - turned out to vote. But the BBC's Steve Knibbs says "several empty ballot boxes were discovered."

     
  167.  
    1406: Breaking News

    The Conservative candidate Julia Mulligan defeats Labour's Ruth Potter to win the PCC vote in North Yorkshire.

     
  168.  
    1409: Breaking News

    Labour's Ron Hogg is elected on the first count in Durham.

     
  169.  
    1411: Breaking News

    Labour's Shaun Wright is elected on the first count in South Yorkshire.

     
  170.  
    1414:

    Julia Mulligan's victory in North Yorkshire came in one of the three first past the post votes in the elections. The others are in Dyfed Powys and Staffordshire.

     
  171.  
    1415:
    Grant Shapps

    Grant Shapps, Conservative party chairman, says people will vote next time round when they feel the effect on their neighbourhood. But what about this time? Mr Shapps admits that he would have liked to have seen more people voting, although he says there have been five million voters. He says that means the PCC's have more democratic legitimacy than previous figures of police authority.

     
  172.  
    1416: Breaking News

    Winston Roddick becomes the first independent to win, with victory in North Wales.

     
  173.  
    1418:

    Much has been written and said about the low turnout, but what about those who chose to vote? Two voters told BBC News why they took part.

     
  174.  
    1421: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Two ex police officers elected so far: Ron Hogg in Durham and Martyn Underhill in Dorset

     
  175.  
    1422: Dave Wilson in Norwich

    tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay Disappointed with the low turnout for the PCC elections, don't think you can blame the media, everyone has a responsibility

     
  176.  
    1422: Beverley Edmunds in Hampshire

    emails: If it wasn't for the internet I wouldn't have a clue on who planned on doing what. How can people who don't have this facility know about the policies for each candidate?

     
  177.  
    1422: Edward

    comments on the BBC News Website: The police in this country do a pretty well at a difficult job. We really do have one of the best police forces in the world. I'm not sure why they need another layer of bureaucracy above them, and judging on the turnout from these elections, not many other people think they do either.

     
  178.  
    1423: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Labour's Shaun Wright takes South Yorks. Police there still recovering from grooming scandal. He moves from police authority so not new.

     
  179.  
    1425:
    Michael Dugher

    The turnout reflects "shambolic organisation" of the elections, says Labour's Michael Dugher. "It was avoidable. The government has brought this on themselves and I hope they learn some lessons," he says. The Barnsley East MP also says resources are best spent on front line policing.

     
  180.  
    1426: Molly Twomlow in Caldicot, Monmouthshire

    emails: I live in "Gwent"; I chose not to vote. It was not because of apathy but because I had no objective way of evaluating what the candidates, whoever they were, had to offer.

     
  181.  
    1426: Dave Tilley in Hebden Bridge

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I voted Independent after he was only cand who bothered to reply to my email about Bettison.

     
  182.  
    1427: Louise Coates

    posts on the BBC News Facebook page: If certain companies can send out junk mail to almost every household in England, why didn't all those standing for election make sure every household know about what they stand for and who they are? I only received the vote card and one flyer which didn't impress me much.

     
  183.  
    1429: Breaking News

    Former police officer Martyn Underhill, standing as an independent, takes Dorset

     
  184.  
    1429: Breaking News

    Conservative David Lloyd elected police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire.

     
  185.  
    1430: Conservative MP Conor Burns

    tweets: I suspect we will live to regret creating these Police Commissioners. I regret voting for the Bill.

     
  186.  
    1430: Jen Galbraith in Hull

    texts: Lack of information and debating the issues meant that I refused to vote. I hope the low turn out makes politicians and others in authority consider how they can engage with the public.

     
  187.  
    1433:

    Merseyside's new police commissioner, the former Liverpool MP Jane Kennedy: "It's an election that probably none of us wanted but I do want to thank all of those who have voted despite the low turnout."

     
  188.  
    1433: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Number crunching: None of the PCCs elected so far were supported by more than 10% of the electorate. That's the effect of low turnout.

     
  189.  
    1433:

    Sophie Farthing, from the civil liberties group Liberty says the older system of police authorities is more representative of communities. "There were at least 17 members, half of which were locally elected councillors so you had a much greater chance of having people on a police authority from an urban area, a rural area, different racial groups, women, men. With the PCC's we have - those who stood were predominantly white, male," she says.

     
  190.  
    1435: Breaking News

    In Essex, Conservative Nick Alston takes the role after second preference votes were counted.

     
  191.  
    1437: Breaking News

    Independent Ian Johnston has been officially declared the police and crime commissioner for Gwent.

     
  192.  
    1438: Ande in Newbury

    emails: Thanks to the BBC and the Q&A session they broadcast on the local BBC Radio in Berkshire and Oxfordshire on Thursday 8th November. From hearing the broadcast it was enlightening and I felt energised to do further research and prioritise voting. Thankfully we have the BBC and the opportunity to vote.

     
  193.  
    1439:

    In Hampshire there were 5,595 spoilt ballots of 211,886 cast, the BBC politics reporter for South of England Peter Henley says. Of those, 1,904 had two marks in first column, 1,900 were blank, 1,733 uncertain, 51 wrote name.

     
  194.  
    1439:

    Dorset's first PCC, independent candidate Martyn Underhill, has commented on the row with Tory candidate Nick King. He told BBC political reporter Tristan Pascoe: "It's time to heal, to move on after bloody campaign". The Tories left en masse an hour before declaration and refused to share the platform with Mr Underhill. One senior party member said there were "smears, untruths and lies" during bitter campaign.

     
  195.  
    1441: Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Limited recount in Corby. Understand lib Dems a few votes shy of getting deposit back.

     
  196.  
    1441: Debi Harper in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    emails: My boss turned into work this morning after officiating at a poll station yesterday where four people turned out!

     
  197.  
    1442:

    In West Mercia there have been 4,273 spoiled ballots.

     
  198.  
    1443:

    Meanwhile, Surrey's vote is expected to go to a second round, with an independent neck-and-neck with Conservative. Results so far suggest the "zero tolerance policing" independent Kevin Hurley and Conservative Julie Iles will be in the second round.

     
  199.  
    1443: Mark Duncan

    tweets: If they wanted to make police authorities more democratic, then why couldn't we just vote for the members of the authority?

     
  200.  
    1450: Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Unofficial: Lib Dems 9 votes short of keeping deposit in Corby.

     
  201.  
    1453: Lizzy Nay in Durham

    tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay Interesting the number of spoilt ballots- it says much more than those too lazy to go out to vote!

     
  202.  
    1454: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    tweets:This is developing into a story about the rise of the independents - disillusion with trad parties/distrust of politicisation of police?

     
  203.  
    1454: Breaking News

    Labour's Barry Coppinger becomes the police and crime commissioner for Cleveland

     
  204.  
    1458:

    In North Yorkshire 6,402 people spoilt their ballot papers, with 3,995 spoiled in South Yorks.

     
  205.  
    1458: Breaking News

    In Suffolk, Conservative Tim Passmore takes the commissioner's job after second preferences are counted.

     
  206.  
    1459: Breaking News

    Ron Hogg is elected for Labour as Durham's police and crime commissioner.

     
  207.  
    1500: Gareth Phillips in Llangoed

    emails: So people did not vote because they had no information. I found extensive information on all candidates online within five minutes.

     
  208.  
    1505:

    It seems we are about a third of the way there. Of those elected so far, six are Labour, six are Conservative, while three are independents.

     
  209.  
    1505: Peter Henley Political editor, South of England

    tweets: Impressed by creativity of Thames Valley spoiled ballots - from "A plague on all your houses" to "Young men died in the trenches for this?"

     
  210.  
    1506: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    tweets: #Cleveland #pcc Temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer confirms she does want the job full time and will be applying.

     
  211.  
    1508: Brenda in Birmingham

    emails: How much money has this unnecessary election cost, not to mention the salary that the successful candidate will be paid? The only reason I voted was in self-interest, because my son works for the police and jobs there are being cut and messed around left, right and centre.

     
  212.  
    1508: Victoria Jones in Manchester

    emails: I am far from apathetic about this election, in fact I strongly oppose the whole concept, so I felt my only option was to spoil my ballot. I have never done this before but as the government has forced this unnecessary and unwanted change on us without a referendum it was the only way I could register my protest.

     
  213.  
    1509:

    The first commissioner for North Wales, Winston Roddick, is one of Wales's leading barristers and was Wales's first counsel general, the most senior legal adviser to the Welsh Assembly. The QC began his career as a police constable in Liverpool before becoming a barrister and has been a Crown Court recorder.

     
  214.  
    1513: David Little in Bath

    tweets: I'm not a lazy voter, I didn't vote because I think whole thing is a farce and didn't want to be counted in the turnout. @bbc_haveyoursay

     
  215.  
    1513:

    Dorset's first police and crime commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is a former senior detective who led the investigation into the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Sarah Payne 12 years ago. He put keeping politics out of policing at the heart of his campaign, and made pledges to keep officers on the streets and on the supervision of offenders to reduce reoffending.

     
  216.  
    1515: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Only 15% turnout and yet #PCC is trending higher than Gaza or Israel. Parallel Twitterverse

     
  217.  
    1518: Mark Beck in Brighton

    emails: I only went to my polling station as it was on the university campus, I may not have bothered otherwise. When I arrived, I was the only one there and all four of the electoral staff looked rather bored.

     
  218.  
    1518:

    In Humberside, Labour's John Prescott and Conservative Matthew Grove will contest a second round of voting as candidates failed to get 50% of first preference votes.

     
  219.  
    1520:

    Durham's new commissioner, Ron Hogg, had 30 years experience as a police officer reaching the roles of assistant chief constable in Durham and deputy chief with neighbouring Cleveland before he retired in 2008. After his win he said: "When I have been out campaigning people have been very happy about my police credentials. The common retort has been 'at least you will know what you are talking about' and that does make a big difference."

     
  220.  
    1521: Simon Mallett

    emails: The role of PCC was promoted as non political so when I voted I was able to dismiss anybody standing as representing a political party. That left two legitimate candidates.

     
  221.  
    1522: Breaking News

    Labour's Andy Sawford wins the Corby by-election.

     
  222.  
    1524: Luke Ainsley Rowe in Bristol

    tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay Elected #pcc are a good idea, but the cool detachment of those that don't vote or spoil is a worrying trend

     
  223.  
    1530: Breaking News

    Labour's Olly Martins is elected police and crime commissioner on a second count in Bedfordshire.

     
  224.  
    1531:

    There are groans all round as officials announce a break of 30 mins before the counting of second round preferences for Humberside, BBC 5 Live's Rowan Bridge says. John Prescott is ahead following the first round.

     
  225.  
    1531: James Landale Deputy political editor

    tweets: My dodgy maths suggests swing to Labour of 12.7% in Corby.

     
  226.  
    1532: Chris Mason Political correspondent

    tweets: "The road to Downing Street runs through #Corby," says winning Labour candidate Andy Sawford.

     
  227.  
    1532: Tim Scott

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay The low turnouts is this nation's way of telling government 'no to politics in policing, invest the money in more bobbies'

     
  228.  
    1532:

    Suffolk's winning candidate,Tory Tim Passmore, has criticised the government for holding the elections in November and says he will be working for Suffolk, not following government policy.

     
  229.  
    1533: Breaking News

    George Ferguson, independent, wins the battle to become mayor of Bristol.

     
  230.  
    1537: Breaking News

    Labour's Tony Lloyd wins the post of police commissioner for Manchester.

     
  231.  
    1538:

    The Liberal Democrats lost their deposit at the Corby by-election despite demanding a recount.

     
  232.  
    1538: Breaking News

    In the West Midlands, Labour's Bob Jones is elected with 117,388 votes after second preferences are added. The turnout was 12.31%.

     
  233.  
    1540:

    Former minister Tony Lloyd won 51.2% vote on the first ballot in Manchester. The Tories were second on 15.6%. Turnout was 13.9%.

     
  234.  
    1542:

    Tony Lloyd says in Manchester the low turnout is "an affront" to the proper function of democracy but it does not take away the mandate. He adds: "It's not the media that ought to be blaming themselves, it's the prime minister and everyone around him."

     
  235.  
    1543: Peter Neesam in Middlesbrough

    emails: I was in a polling station yesterday as a clerk, we had 62 people through the door and not many of these knew what they were voting for, there's been a total knowledge vacuum for this election, no literature, hardly any TV presence, it would have been a lot more sensible to have a postal vote only election.

     
  236.  
    1543: Elizabeth Glinka BBC WM political reporter

    tweets: Losing Con candidate in West Mids Matt Bennett highly critical of his own gov, the timing and lack of publicity surrounding PCC elections.

     
  237.  
    1547:

    Home Secretary Theresa May says she is disappointed by the turnout but first elections are always difficult. She says it is not the fault of the government, which did put out advertisements, but she also says she does not blame the media.

     
  238.  
    1549:

    Mrs May says people will see the commissioners as "the important role that they are" once they see them working in local communities. Despite the low turnout they will be visible and accountable in the way the old authorities were not, she says.

     
  239.  
    1551:

    On the defeat in Corby Prime Minister David Cameron says: "It's a classic mid-term result and obviously made difficult by the fact that the Conservative MP left the seat in question."

     
  240.  
    1556:

    Former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke says the elections "have been the dangerous shambles that many of us predicted". He says: "The fundamental constitutional and structural problems of these posts have simply been intensified by the shambolic organisation and dismal turnout."

     
  241.  
    1557:

    Mr Clarke calls on Labour to commit itself at the next election to abolishing the posts and putting in place a new system of police accountability in 2016.

     
  242.  
    1558: Breaking News

    Conservative Richard Rhodes has been elected as Cumbria's new police and crime commissioner.

     
  243.  
    1600:

    Surrey now into its second round of counting after Conservative Julie Illes finished just 13 votes ahead of independent "zero tolerance policing" Kevin Hurley in the first round.

     
  244.  
    1600: Breaking News

    Independent Ron Ball is elected on second count in Warwickshire.

     
  245.  
    1603: Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Defeated [Corby] Tory candidate Christine Emmet leaves count after hugging campaign team, putting on a smile but am told she is 'very upset'

     
  246.  
    1607:

    Surrey's Conservative candidate Julie Iles has told BBC London's Nick Beake she is "not confident" she'll win on second preference votes and blames "general apathy" among Tory voters. On the government's promotion of PCCs she said: "For a flagship policy we could've done a lot more."

     
  247.  
    1607: Breaking News

    Independent Martin Surl is elected on a second count in Gloucestershire.

     
  248.  
    1607: Alex in Guildford

    texts: From what I could tell at the Surrey hustings even most of the candidates disagree with this election- hardly the best message to entice us to the ballot box on a cold November weekday.

     
  249.  
    1608: Breaking News

    Conservative Anthony Stansfeld is elected on second count as Thames Valley's police and crime commissioner.

     
  250.  
    1608: Harvey Tyler-Walters

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I voted. Not in support of the idea but to hopefully keep the PCC independent & not controlled by a political party.

     
  251.  
    1609:

    Hailing the victory in Corby, Labour leader Ed Miliband says "Middle England is turning away from David Cameron and the Conservatives".

     
  252.  
    1612: Breaking News

    Independent Bill Longmore is elected on second count in West Mercia.

     
  253.  
    1612: Paul Sillitoe in Frodsham, Cheshire

    emails: It would be very interesting to also have the totals for spoilt ballot papers to provide a further indication of voters' feelings about this election.

     
  254.  
    1614: Breaking News

    Conservative Matthew Ellis wins in Staffordshire.

     
  255.  
    1617:

    Two more former policemen have been elected in the last hour. The PCC for West Mercia is Bill Longmore, who spent 30 years with Staffordshire Police, while Martin Surl in Gloucestershire is a former senior officer.

     
  256.  
    1618:

    Gloucestershire Chief Constable Mick Matthews congratulates the new PCC Martin Sul, saying: "Today marks the start of what I am sure will be a strong working relationship between the constabulary and the commissioner to deliver our purpose of keeping people safe from harm and inspiring the highest levels of confidence in us, their local police."

     
  257.  
    1632: Breaking News

    In Sussex, Conservative Katy Bourne wins the second preference vote beating Labour's Godfrey Daniel to become police commissioner with 80,028 votes.

     
  258.  
    1633:

    The former police commissioner for New York, Bill Bratton, said the changes - which meant elected officials were responsible for addressing issues at local level rather than chief constables who have historically tended to look to the Home Office for guidance - were extremely significant. "So it is truly revolutionary and you're going to be in for some very interesting times watching these 40 plus experiments go forward," he says.

     
  259.  
    1634:

    The West Yorkshire election goes to second preference votes.

     
  260.  
    1634: Jeremy Frearson in Horley

    texts: I voted because many people gave their lives so we could vote and there are lots of people in the world who would love to exercise this right. Pretty shocked that people don't realise how privileged they are.

     
  261.  
    1635:

    Jenny Watson, from the Electoral Commission, said a lack of funding was one of the reasons for the low turnout. "What I'm hearing in Sussex today is the lack of any funding to help candidates get their message to voters hasn't given voters the information they need to be able to make a choice," she tells the BBC News Channel.

     
  262.  
    1635:

    The new Sussex PCC Katy Bourne says it's now time to put politics aside.

     
  263.  
    1639: Breaking News

    Independent Simon Hayes takes the role in Hampshire and IoW, defeating former minister Michael Mates, the Conservative candidate.

     
  264.  
    1639:

    Warwickshire chief constable Andy Parker welcomes Ron Ball as the commissioner, saying he looks forward to working with him. He says the in the first six months of 2012 the force recorded its lowest levels of crime for many years with a 11% reduction on the previous year. "I am confident that with the new governance arrangements in place we can build on the firm foundations which have been laid," he adds.

     
  265.  
    1641:

    With 25 counts declared, Labour has 10 commissioners, the Conservatives nine and six are independents.

     
  266.  
    1641: Sean O'Neill, crime editor of The Times

    tweets: Looking like 7 ex-cops will be PCCs ... anyone for independent oversight of the police? #pcc

     
  267.  
    1641: Peter Henley BBC South of England politics reporter

    tweets: Shock result in Hampshire #pcc elections - former Conservative minister Michael Mates beaten by Independent Crimestoppers boss Simon Hayes

     
  268.  
    1648: Tim Iredale Political editor, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

    tweets: Conservative supporters increasingly confident they've won #Humberside #PCC elections with defeat for John Prescott

     
  269.  
    1649: Michael Crick, Channel 4 political correspondent

    Tweets: People are making too much of low turnout in PCC polls. Will be higher in 2016, on day of local elex; higher still in 2020, day of gen elex

     
  270.  
    1650: Breaking News

    Labour's Alan Charles elected on second count at Derbyshire.

     
  271.  
    1651:

    In Hampshire, independent Simon Hayes took 80,669 votes to beat former Tory minister Michael Mates who took 65,804.

     
  272.  
    1655:

    Sam Chapman on the TopOfTheCops website wonders whether government provision of a candidates booklet would have been a help. "My own suspicion is that the greater factor is that when people are asked to make a decision they need to have a choice, and it has not always been evident what difference supporting a particular candidate would make, with a number choosing safe generic promises to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour over anything that contained insight."

     
  273.  
    1655:

    Welcoming Bob Jones to his new role as West Midlands commissioner, chief constable Chris Sims says it is a new era for policing governance and he is "confident that we will be able to build on recent successes".

     
  274.  
    1657: Barbara Pitt

    comments on our Facebook page: There was plenty of information readily available - TV, newspapers, magazines, Facebook even! I checked out the candidates, made my choice, and sent in my postal vote last week. If you don't take part in the voting process you shouldn't then moan about the result.

     
  275.  
    1659: Breaking News

    Former MP Alun Michael elected as the police and crime commissioner for the South Wales area.

     
  276.  
    1700:

    Following his victory speech West Midlands commissioner Bob Jones conceded that some voters had effectively boycotted the elections. He says: "If there is £100m to spend on policing, I think most sensible people would want to see it spent on police officers - not on a new breed of politician."

     
  277.  
    1701:

    Mr Jones adds: "I think many people clearly couldn't see the point of this particular change and many others thought it was a dangerous change." He says he stood for the new post despite his own "reservations and concerns" about its creation.

     
  278.  
    1704: Paul Clarke in East Grinstead, West Sussex

    emails: It is usual for me to vote in all elections; however, without knowing anything about any of the candidates and what they stand for - how can a decision be made as to who will achieve what you want? So end result is no vote from me.

     
  279.  
    1704:

    New Thames Valley commissioner Anthony Stansfeld says: "Crime is committed by very few people - so as long as you sit on top of them you reduce crime, so that needs the right resources in the right places."

     
  280.  
    1707: Breaking News

    Conservative Adam Simmonds is elected on second count in Northamptonshire.

     
  281.  
    1712:

    Former Welsh first secretary and Home Office minister Alun Michael gave up his his Cardiff South and Penarth seat in the Commons in October to take part in the PCC elections. On the campaign trail he insisted he was the best candidate for the job given his previous experience with the Justice Select Committee.

     
  282.  
    1712: Pete Verdon in Southampton

    tweets: Our local #PCC result in - glad we have an independent (albeit rather Tory-leaning) winner rather than a party appointee.

     
  283.  
    1713:

    Thames Valley PCC winner Anthony Stansfeld says he is a Conservative but "hasn't had a gilded life". He says: "You grow up quickly commanding a platoon in the jungles of Borneo." When asked by the BBC's James Ingham whether he is prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into areas with worst crime, he replies: "Yes, I believe I will".

     
  284.  
    1720: Chris Caulfield Reporter, Surrey Herald

    tweets:We have one of the best chief constables in the country and I look forward to working with her - Kevin Hurley #surreypcc

     
  285.  
    1721: Breaking News

    Labour former minister Paddy Tipping elected on second count in Nottinghamshire.

     
  286.  
    1726: Breaking News

    Independent Ann Barnes has taken the commissioner's post in Kent.

     
  287.  
    1726: Andrew Preston in Somerset

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I haven't voted. Being a policeman is not a popularity contest. And is no place for political representatives.

     
  288.  
    1729: Breaking News

    Conservative Sir Clive Loader is elected in Leicestershire where there was a turnout of 16.36%.

     
  289.  
    1729:

    In her acceptance speech in Brighton, Sussex's commissioner Katy Bourne said: "It's time now to park the politics of the campaign and get on with the job in hand. I'm looking forward to working with the chief constable and to setting the crime fighting priorities for policing that people in Sussex want."

     
  290.  
    1730: Sean

    texts: Can someone explain why the police commissioner elections, which are by Tory design, are using a form of AV vote system when in the referendum on AV the Tory Party vehemently criticised that voting system?

     
  291.  
    1730: Jon Kay BBC West of England correspondent

    tweets: Newly-elected Bristol Mayor George Ferguson (IND) confirms he will be paid his £65k salary in the new local-only currency @BristolPound

     
  292.  
    1732:

    Victorious Kent commissioner Ann Barnes says the real winners are the people of Kent who did not want their police force to be politicised.

     
  293.  
    1733: Matt Prodger Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: Chief Constable of GMP Peter Fahy tells me first conversation he'll need to have with #pcc will be how to close 300 more officer posts

     
  294.  
    1737: Breaking News Tim Iredale Political editor, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

    tweets: Sources confirm the first police and crime commissioner for #Humberside will be @MGrove4PCC who has defeated @johnprescott #PCC

     
  295.  
    1738:

    New Warwickshire commissioner Ron Ball says he is inviting members of the current police authority to sit with him for a "transitional period", so that "knowledge and experience" is not lost. See our full story here.

     
  296.  
    1738: Nick Herbert, former policing minister

    tweets 10 thoughts about today's #PCC elections.

     
  297.  
    1741:

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said results of Thursday's votes are a "mixed picture" for the Liberal Democrats. Speaking in Sheffield, he said there had been "a lot of difficult news" and "people are generally quite disenchanted with politics at this mid-term point and that has been reflected in the low turnout."

     
  298.  
    1742: Breaking News

    Kevin Hurley, independent "Zero Tolerance" candidate, is elected on second count in Surrey.

     
  299.  
    1745: Breaking News

    Conservative Matthew Grove beats Lord Prescott to become the commissioner for Humberside.

     
  300.  
    1747: Breaking News

    Conservative Sir Graham Bright is elected as Cambridgeshire's commissioner.

     

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