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No change as all four Police and Crime Commissioners re-elected

There was no change in the North East as all four Police and Crime Commissioners were re-elected.

Vera Baird was re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria:

  • Vera Baird (Lab) 180,479
  • Stewart Hay (Con) 58,713
  • Melanie Hurst (UKIP) 52,293
  • Jonathan Wallace (LD) 34,75

Ron Hogg was re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham:

  • Peter Cutherbertson (Conservative) 18,797
  • Ron Hogg (Labour) 50,915
  • Craig Martin (Liberal Democrat) 10,060

Julia Mulligan was re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire after second preference votes were counted.

Results after second round of votes:

  • Julia Mulligan (Conservative) 65,018 votes
  • Steve Howley (Labour) 44,759

Results after first round of votes:

  • James Blanchard (Lib Dem) 13,856
  • Julia Mulligan (Conservative) 53,078
  • Stephen Howley (Labour) 34,351
  • Mike Pannet (Independent) 30,984

Barry Coppinger was re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland after second preference votes were counted.

Results after second round of votes:

  • Barry John Coppinger (Labour) 41,337
  • Matthew Alexander Vickers (Conservative) 25,229

Results after first round of votes:

  • Sultan Alam (Independent) 11,895
  • Barry John Coppinger (Labour) 32,733
  • Steve Matthews (UKIP) 17,005
  • Matthew Vickers (Conservative) 18,196

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Julia Mulligan re-elected as North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Julia Mulligan has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.

The elections went into a second round of counting after none of the four candidates picked up 50% of the vote.

Julia Mulligan says her focus will be on protecting vulnerable people and trying to improve services for victims.

Northumbria PCC calls for clearer voting instructions after thousands of spoiled ballots

Vera Baird has been elected for a second term Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Northumbria's newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for clearer instructions to help people vote in future PCC elections.

There were more than 8,000 spoiled ballot papers across the force area.

PCCs are elected using the Supplementary Vote system, in cases where there are more than two candidates standing. This allows people to vote for a first and second choice.

Vera Baird says she is 'concerned' that people have have been confused by the ballot paper and intends to raise the issue at a higher level.

"I'm very concerned because clearly you spend months and weeks and days trying to persuade people to go out, that this is worth voting for and that democracy is a good thing, and then, they do their best but the instructions, they don't seem to have found clear enough.

So we'll make some representations, (to discover) if it can be made plainer next time."

– Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Schools welcome U-turn over forced academisation

The group representing schools in the North East has welcomed the government's decision to abandon plans to force all schools to become academies.

The proposals were announced in March's Budget, and have proven highly controversial.

It is understood that the government's U-turn will now mean schools rated good and outstanding by Ofsted will be given the choice of whether to take on academy status.

SCHOOLS NorthEast, which represents 1,250 schools in the region, said "the Department for Education is at risk of becoming the Ministry of Mass Confusion" over recent "turmoil" that is "unsettling schools."

The group said it will now be seeking clarification from the government over what happens next.

The past few weeks have been nothing short of shambolic. We have seen Sats tests thrown into absolute chaos by leaked papers, parental boycotts, a backtracking on reception assessments due to comparability issues that had been flagged to the Government before, and now a U-turn on the most significant element of the education white paper. The Department for Education is at risk of becoming the Ministry of Mass Confusion.

There is no clear picture of what these changes mean for the North East. The Government is still set on delivering their academisation promise, but through other means. We want to know what that entails and which areas in our region will be at risk.

– Mike Parker - Director, SCHOOLS NorthEast

Second preferences to be counted for North Yorkshire PCC

Second preference votes are being counted for the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

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