Battle for Cleveland Commissioner down to two candidates

The Labour and Conservative candidates are now battling it out in the race to become Police Commissioner in Cleveland.

63,431 first preference votes were counted but as no candidate achieved the fifty percent required, a count of second preferences is now underway in Thornaby.

The results were:

Sultan Alam - Independent

11,561

Barry Coppinger - Labour

25,691

Ken Lupton - Conservative

16,047

Joe Michna - Green

8,484

The Returning Office has announced that both Sultan Alam and Joe Michna have now been eliminated and counting of second preference votes continues for the Labour and Conservative candidates.

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