West Mercia police and crime commissioner results
- 19 November 2012
- From the section England
Independent Bill Longmore has been elected police and crime commissioner for West Mercia.
Find out more about each of these candidates below.
ADRIAN BLACKSHAW - Conservative
Adrian Blackshaw, the Conservative candidate, has a background in business and finance and is Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration.
His election pledges include supporting the plans to share resources with the Warwickshire force and to reinvest any savings into West Mercia Police.
He said he sees no reason for the outsourcing of any services, which tallies with the views of the current police authority and chief constable.
BILL LONGMORE - Independent
Bill Longmore, an independent candidate, served with Staffordshire Police for 30 years and built up a manufacturing firm after retiring in 1986.
He said he had "endeavoured to serve the community" all his life and if elected, he said he would "not be a faceless man sitting in an office" but out listening to the community.
His election priorities include continuing to support the police in tackling crime effectively.
SIMON MURPHY - Labour
Dr Simon Murphy, who is standing for Labour, is the former leader of the Labour group in the European Parliament and an ex-West Midlands MEP.
If elected he said he would protect front line policing from government cuts and prioritise victims' needs.
He has promised to keep politics out of the Police by appointing an Independent non-Labour Deputy Commissioner if he is elected.