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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.

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PCC elections are a 'shambles' says Yvette Cooper

The Labour party has criticised the low turnout of the PCC elections. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the elections had proved a "shambles".

She said: "We warned the Government repeatedly that they had the wrong approach and that turnout would be low.

"Theresa May and David Cameron didn't listen and it is shocking that they have spent £100 million on these elections rather than on 3,000 police constables instead.

"Time and again on the doorstep people told us either they didn't have enough information, didn't know the elections were happening, didn't support them or didn't want to go out in the dark to vote."

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