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Cooper calls for PCC to be scrapped.

South Yorkshire has a new Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour's Doctor Alan Billings who was elected after a month long campaign, which followed the resignation of Shaun Wright.

He stood down after a report revealed the scale of child exploitation in Rotherham - at a time when Mr Wright was in charge of Children's Services.

Labour beat UKIP into second place by more than twenty seven thousand votes, with the conservatives in third place ahead of the English Democrats.

But Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper while welcolming Dr Billings' victory said the posts of PCC should be scrapped.

New PCC in favour of scrapping post

South Yorkshire has a new Police and Crime Commissioner tonight, but just moments after the result was announced the winner said he thought the post should be scrapped.

Labour's Doctor Alan Billings was elected after a month long campaign, which followed the resignation of Shaun Wright. He stood down after a report revealed the scale of child exploitation in Rotherham - at a time when he was in charge of Children's Services.

Labour beat UKIP into second place by more than twenty seven thousand votes, with the conservatives in third place ahead of the English Democrats. David Hirst reports:

Firefighters begin four-day strike

Firefighters across the region have just begun a four day strike in their campaign against plans to increase their retirement age sixty.

They will not be going back until Tuesday. And their strike comes at what is usually a busy period in the run up to Bonfire Night on November the fifth.

The government said today the strike was regrettable and that it had worked hard to give firefighters one of the most generous pensions in the public sector.

Tina Gelder reports:

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PCC: 'I think I can work with' South Yorkshire Police Chief

South Yorkshire's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner says he thinks he can work with the force's Chief Constable David Crompton.

Dr Alan Billings, the Labour party candidate, won the election with just over 50 per cent of the vote. Turn out was 14.88 per cent.

He told Duncan Wood he believes Crompton was "determined" to improve the force:

Labour win South Yorkshire PCC by-election

Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with just over 74,060 votes.

Dr Alan Billings wins PCC by-election Credit: @AlanBillingsPCC

The overall turnout was 14.88% as 150,406 votes of a possible 1,010,599 were cast.

The regional breakdown of turnout is below:

  • Barnsley 11.9%,
  • Doncaster 15.24%,
  • Rotherham 18%,
  • Sheffield 14.5%

The election cost £1.6 million, working out at £11.04 per vote.

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