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North East Police and Crime Commissioner Results

by Richard Salkeld

The North East has four new Police and Crime Commissioners. They will be responsibile for overseeing their police force. Their duties will include budgets, police priorities and the hiring and firing of chief constables.

Results:

Northumbria: Vera Baird, Labour

Durham: Ron Hogg, Labour

Cleveland: Barry Coppinger, Labour

NorthYorkshire: Julia Mulligan, Conservative

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Cleveland's Returning Officer: PCC elections "much lower than other elections"

Returning Officer, David Bond, says he is disappointed by the turnout for the PCC elections.
Returning Officer, David Bond, says he is disappointed by the turnout for the PCC elections. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The turnout at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections has been low, with fewer than one in five people voting.

Turnout in the Cleveland area was 15.12 per cent.

Barry Coppinger won with a total of 31 340 votes compared with the Conservative candidate, Ken Lupton, coming second with 20 171 votes. 63 431 valid votes were cast.

Returning Officer, David Bond, says he is disappointed by the turnout and believes it may prompt the government to look at how it plans for similar elections in the future.

He said: "I wish it would have been much more obviously. It is clearly much lower than other elections we have dealt with over the years and clearly it means that a lot of people have chosen not to vote in this election."

He added: "I think in terms of the future, clearly people in governmentand so on will want to look at how this has worked out as an election overalland one will look to look to the future in terms of how they plan for similarelections for Police and Crime Commissioners going forward."

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The role of the new Police and Crime Commissioners

The new Police and Crime Commissioners will not be running our police forces - they will be holding them to account, according to the Government.

They will be responsible for managing budgets, setting priorities and will also have the power to hire and fire Chief Constables.

The new Police and Crime Commissioners will be holding our police forces to account.
The new Police and Crime Commissioners will be holding our police forces to account. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police "delighted to welcome" Vera Baird

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has welcomed the announcement of the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the force area.

Vera Baird is the first Police and Crime Commissioner to be elected for the Northumbria area.

"I am delighted to welcome Vera Baird who has been elected as the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

This is a new chapter for policing and I am looking forward to working together to continue to deliver the excellent service Northumbria Police is renowned for.

Vera Baird brings a wealth of experience to the role and I want to personally congratulate her. I know that by working effectively together our communities will benefit."

– Chief Constable Sue Sim, Northumbria Police
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