West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner results
- 16 November 2012
- From the section Leeds & West Yorkshire
Mark Burns-Williamson from the Labour Party has been elected as police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire.
Turnout does not include spoiled ballots
MARK BURNS-WILLIAMSON - Labour
Mark Burns-Williamson, who is standing as the Labour candidate, has been a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority since 1999, and has been its chairman since 2003.
He also represents the Castleford Central and Glasshoughton Ward on Wakefield City Council, is a member of local voluntary groups and was awarded an OBE for services to the community and policing in the 2012 Honours List.
Mr Burns-Williamson said he was determined to limit the loss of police officers from the front line in the face of budget cuts, back "strong and swift" action on anti-social behaviour and crime and "preserve the operational independence of the police".
GERALDINE CARTER - Conservative
Geraldine Carter, the Conservative candidate, is a councillor for the Ryburn ward on Calderdale Council and for the Ripponden Ward on Ripponden Parish Council.
Ms Carter has been the mayor and deputy mayor of Calderdale, served as a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority and was a board member of the West Yorkshire Probation Service.
She said she was confident she could do the job of a police commissioner in a "cost-effective way" which she said would produce "substantial savings" on the current budget and improve the force's performance in all parts of West Yorkshire.
CEDRIC CHRISTIE - Independent
Cedric Christie, a former detective inspector who served with West Yorkshire Police for 30 years, is standing as an Independent candidate.
Mr Christie said: "To my trained eye, the common sense has gone out of policing. A culture of target-chasing, drive-by policing has wedged a divide between the public and the police. There is a justified public perception that all is not well."
He said one of his priorities as commissioner would be to "rebuild the relationship" between police and the community.
ANDREW MARCHINGTON - Liberal Democrat
Andrew Marchington is a Liberal Democrat councillor in Kirklees and was elected to represent the Golcar ward in 2004. He has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the PCC role.
In 2010 he joined the West Yorkshire Police Authority and chaired the Local Policing Committee. He was also chairman of the Kirklees Violent Crime Task Group.
Mr Marchington said his priorities as police commissioner would be to "reduce red tape to protect front line services and get more police out on our streets"; effective action to protect people from domestic violence and rape and effective community sentencing and restorative justice.