Durham police and crime commissioner results

Ron Hogg of the Labour Party has been elected as police and crime commissioner for Durham.

DURHAM: Ron Hogg (Labour) elected

Turnout does not include spoilt ballots

Turnout: 70,141 (14.4%)

Candidate

Party

1st pref

%

Ron Hogg

Labour

36,171

51.6

Kingsley Smith

Independent

18,813

26.8

Mike Costello

UKIP

8,257

11.8

Nick Varley

Conservative

6,900

9.8

Find out more about these candidates below.

MICHAEL COSTELLO - UK Independence Party

Michael Costello Michael Costello has experience of working with the Durham force

Michael Costello, who is standing as the UKIP candidate, has more than 40 years of experience in the private, public, charitable and voluntary sectors.

He spent 18 years with Durham Police implementing IT systems for the force, magistrates' courts and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Costello is concerned that the posts will become politicised and the impartiality of forces compromised.

Michael Costello's election statement

RON HOGG - Labour

Ron Hogg Ron Hogg has worked for two police forces

Ron Hogg, who is standing as the Labour candidate, was assistant chief constable of Durham Constabulary and deputy chief constable of Cleveland Police.

During his long career he won national recognition for his expertise in policing football matches.

He has vowed to fight privatisation of the police.

Ron Hogg's election statement

KINGSLEY SMITH - Independent

Kingsley Smith Kingsley Smith said the post should be held by someone "truly independent"

Kingsley Smith, standing as an Independent candidate, is a former chief executive of Durham County Council, and is currently chairman of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He said the job should not be about following a party line, and he would be "truly independent".

Pledges include tackling anti-social behaviour at its point of origin, supporting grass roots neighbourhood policing and zero tolerance for criminals.

Kingsley Smith's election statement

NICK VARLEY - Conservative

Nick Varley Nick Varley said he would bring a "personal touch" to fighting crime

Nick Varley, who has been chosen for the Conservatives, stood for the party as a candidate for the City of Durham in the 2010 General Election.

He now works for the Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Mike Freer.

Mr Varley said his priority is to cut crime and he has pledged to put a renewed focus on prevention and a more "tenacious approach" to catching those responsible.

Nick Varley's election statement

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