South Yorkshire Labour candidate Shaun Wright elected police chief

Labour candidate Shaun Wright has been elected as the first police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire with 51.35% of first preference votes.

The English Democrat candidate David Allen came in second with 22,608 votes, equating to 15.56% of the votes cast.

The turnout was 14.53% of the electorate. More than 4,000 voting papers were found to be spoilt in the counts.

One ballot box in Doncaster contained just five votes.

Analysis

Shaun Wright may have got the most votes of any candidate in South Yorkshire and the crucial 50% needed to get elected, but only 7% of people who could vote actually chose him.

As a mandate to control a budget of £251m it is not strong.

Mr Wright has described the role as being a "critical friend" of the chief constable, while the chief himself says the police commissioner is "his boss". It is this relationship that will be key over the next three- and-a-half years.

The challenges are there for all to see -the fall-out of Hillsborough, Orgreave and grooming in Rotherham. Throw in funding cuts and low police morale and it is arguably the toughest commissioner job in the country.

The election in South Yorkshire cost £2m so you could say the 149,289 votes cast are worth £13 each. Expensive crosses in boxes.

Nearly 4,000 ballots were spoiled here. Clearly the majority of voters still do not know enough about this £85,000 a year job. Task number one in the in-tray of the police commissioner is convincing people it is all worth it.

Counting took place after ballot boxes were delivered to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Barnsley Metrodome, Magna in Rotherham and Doncaster Dome.

The newly-elected PCC will replace the police authority and be tasked with holding the force to account.

The new commissioner will be responsible for setting spending plans and has the power to hire and fire chief constables.

Officers at South Yorkshire Police cover an area of 600 square miles (1,554 sq km), with some centres of population, including the city of Sheffield, and other areas of open countryside.

Priorities identified by the force include improving confidence and satisfaction, along with enhancing community safety.

Senior officers have identified the tackling of serious and organised crime, terrorism and extremism as priorities across the county.

Currently the force is led by Chief Constable David Crompton who has a deputy and two assistant chief constables, a director of finance and an assistant chief officer responsible for human resources.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE: Shaun Wright (Labour) elected

Turnout:

145,294 (14.5)

Candidate

Party

1st pref

%

Shaun Wright

Labour

74,615

51.35

David Allen

English Democrat

22,608

15.56

Nigel Bonson

Conservative

21,075

14.51

Jonathan Arnott

UKIP

16,773

11.54

Rob Teal

Liberal Democrat

10,223

7.04

Turnout does not include spoiled ballots

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