Conservative Adam Simmonds wins Northamptonshire PCC contest

Adam Simmonds, Conservative Adam Simmonds, the Conservative candidate, has been elected the first Northamptonshire PCC

Conservative candidate Adam Simmonds has been elected Northamptonshire's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Turnout in Thursday's poll was 19.82% and the winner was announced at Kettering Conference Centre.

Five candidates were hoping to win the role to oversee policing of the county, which has a population of 692,100.

The new PCCs will replace police authorities.

They will have powers to set budgets and "hire and fire" chief constables.

Former senior officer at Northamptonshire County Council Mr Simmonds won against Lee Barron with 57.3% after second preferences were counted.

Mr Barron, who had been Labour candidate, tried to pull out of the election because of a conviction 22 years ago which would make him ineligible to be a PCC.

But Mr Barron came to the decision too late to withdraw as a candidate.

The Home Office said if a disqualified candidate won there would have to be a by-election.

During the campaign Mr Simmonds said: "I will be a progressive, considered and modern thinking commissioner. I will not intrude on police operational responsibilities.

"I do not want issues to become party political and will work closely and co-operatively with the new Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel.

"I will listen to the experiences and concerns of ordinary people, especially where crime impacts most.

"I will ensure public concerns are reflected in policing priorities, while remaining vigilant champions of the civil liberties of local minorities."

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: Adam Simmonds (Conservative) elected

Turnout does not include spoilt ballots

Turnout: 101,167 (20%)

Second round

Candidate

Party

Final total

%

Status

Adam Simmonds

Conservative

40,923

57.3

Elected

Lee Barron

Labour

30,551

42.7

First round

Candidate

Party

1st pref

%

2nd pref

Adam Simmonds

Conservative

30,436

30.1

10,487

Lee Barron

Labour

25,098

24.8

5,453

John Norrie

Independent

19,276

19.1

Jim MacArthur

UKIP

18,963

18.7

Paul Varnsverry

Independent

7,394

7.3

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