John Prescott humbled in Humberside PCC vote

Lord Prescott lost his PCC bid
Lord Prescott was narrowly beaten by Conservative Matthew Grove. Photo: Press Association

Lord Prescott has lost his bid to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, having been beaten by the Conservative candidate Matthew Grove.

The former deputy prime minister, the most high profile PCC candidate throughout the country, led after the first round but was taken over by local businessman Grove.

Don't let it take away from the fact that I have reduced a 30,000 Tory majority in this area to 2,000.

– John Prescott, Labour PCC candidate

Lord Prescott, who won 39,933 votes compared to Grove's 42,164, said this would probably be his last election.

The national picture was one of low turnouts, with most areas struggling to reach 20%.

While one polling station in Newport had a turnout of zero, the average in England and Wales looks set to be in the low teens.

Surrey's turnout ranged from 12% to 16%, while Avon and Somerset was amongst the highest at 18.8%.

Even in Prescott's home city of Hull, where the contest was higher profile, only 15.7% of voters came to the polls.

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the process, saying the numbers were "always going to be low" for the the first police and crime commissioners election.

The Electoral Commission has announced a review and warning that the low participation level was "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy".

Labour said it was "shocking" that the Government had spent up to £100 million on elections which had failed to engage the public.

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