– Former home secretary and Blackburn MP Jack Straw
The turnouts are lamentable but that is the fault of the Government for constructing them in this system in the first place. It was almost as if the Conservatives were embarrassed by the idea of having these polls. Well, some may say they have got what they wished for. It is no good saying we have got the idea established. This is a very poor start for these Police Commissioners, whichever party they come from... It was crazy to voluntarily choose mid-November for the election. It is cold, it is dark, the clocks have gone back.
A post-mortem was under way today into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low turnout. A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission.