Ex-policing minister: Key test will be if PCCs cut crime

The former policing minister Nick Herbert, who oversaw the implementation of the concept of Police and Crime Commissioners, has tweeted 10 points about today's elections. They include:

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3. Around 5m votes cast for PCCs. Each elected PCC will have more votes in numerical terms than any MP (obv constituencies are bigger).

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9. Idea that turnout in first election is test of PCC policy is wrong - key test will be how successful PCCs will be, esp. in cutting crime

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10. This reform is happening - police authorities are going & 41 PCCs taking over. Now we should focus on what the newly elected PCCs do.

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PCC record-low turnout inquiry

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.