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PCC results in except Wiltshire which will need to be re-run

Conservative candidates dominate Police and Crime Commissioner elections

White men aged over 55 dominate the successful candidates in the 2021 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

With all the results in except one - which will now go to a re-run - the Conservatives have swept the board.

Just two politicians with responsibility for policing are BAME and only three have any direct experience of policing.

Out of all the policing roles – PCC, Police and Fire Commissioner plus regional mayors – the Conservatives have a huge majority.

*Wiltshire VOID

Despite the elections seeing the biggest-ever number of female candidates standing, just 10 were elected.

And there are now no independent PCCs meaning the role is now firmly in the hands of three political parties: the Conservatives, Labour and Plaid Cymru.

All four of the police and fire commissioner roles have been taken by Conservative candidates which could re-open the battle for fire services to be brought under the control of PCCs.

The first seat to declare was Cleveland where Steve Turner won for the Conservatives. The last to declare was Devon and Cornwall where Alison Hernandez was re-elected for the Conservatives.

Reported turnouts were in the 30% band and the highest was 51.58% in Dyfed-Powys.

One of the first changes will be electing a new Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners because Paddy Tipping lost to the Conservatives.

The electoral challenges are not over though. The Wiltshire count was thrown into chaos after the Conservative candidate, Jonathan Seed, was disbarred. After the polls closed it was confirmed he had a historic drink-driving conviction.

Mr Seed won so the election will have to be re-run – and who pays for it is already being questioned.

Wiltshire Police said: “"We will now be working closely with the PARO [Police Area Returning Officer] to understand the full circumstances surrounding this situation. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

Voters will also be turning out again in West Yorkshire after a Labour win.

The former soap actress and producer turned Labour MP Tracy Brabin was selected as Police and Crime Commissioner. This triggers a by-election in her Westminster seat of Batley and Spen which will be hotly contested.

She isn't the only Westminster connection. Caroline Henry, the new PCC for Nottinghamshire highlighted in her election literature that she is married to Darren Henry, the MP for Broxtowe.

The huge number of new PCCs coincides with the departure of a third of Chief Constables in the last two years leaving an experience gap at the top.

For example In Norfolk, the new PCC Conservative Giles Orpen-Smellie, a retired Army officer will be helping to find a new Chief Constable.

The results in full:

Police and Crime Commissioners:

Avon and Somerset - Mark Shelford (Conservative), Ex-Army officer
Bedfordshire - Festus Akinbusoye (Conservative), Security firm director
Cambridgeshire - Darryl Preston (Conservative), Former Police Officer
Cheshire - John Dwyer (Conservative) Re-elected. Former ACC
Cleveland - Steve Turner (Conservative) Staff to two MPs
Cumbria - Peter McCall (Conservative), Former college principle
Derbyshire - Angelique Foster (Conservative), Former council leader
Devon and Cornwall – Alison Hernandez (Conservative), Ex-management consultant
Dorset - David Sidwick (Conservative), Former company director
Durham - Joy Allen (Labour), Former council officer
Dyfed-Powys - Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid-Cymru), Former police intelligence officer
Gloucestershire - Christopher Nelson (Conservative), Former Army officer
Gwent - Jeff Cuthbert (Labour), PCC since 2016 Ex-Assembly member
Hampshire – Donna Jones (Conservative), Councillor and former bank worker
Hertfordshire – David Lloyd (Conservative), Former banker
Humberside - Jonathan Evison (Conservative), Former electrical engineer
Kent - Matthew Scott (Conservative), Former local councillor
Lancashire – Ben Adams (Conservative), Former local councillor
Leicestershire - Rupert Matthews (Conservative), Former MEP
Lincolnshire - Marc Jones (Conservative), Former council dep leader
Merseyside - Emily Spurrell (Labour), Former Deputy PCC
Norfolk - Giles Orpen-Smellie (Conservative), Retired Army officer
North Wales - Andy Dunbobbin (Labour), Councillor and social enterprise worker
Northumbria - Kim McGuinness (Labour), Former councillor and employment coach
Nottinghamshire - Caroline Henry (Conservative), Businesswoman
South Wales - Alun Michael (Labour), Former MP
South Yorkshire – Dr Alan Billings (Labour), Former priest and councillor
Suffolk - Tim Passmore (Conservative), Former council leader
Surrey - Lisa Townsend (Conservative), MPs researcher and company director
Sussex – Katy Bourne (Conservative), Former business owner
Thames Valley – Matthew Barber (conservative), LEP director and councillor
Warwickshire - Philip Seccombe (Conservative), Chartered Surveyor
West Mercia – John Paul Campion (Conservative), Business IT worker
West Midlands - Simon Foster (Labour), Executive coach
Wiltshire - DELAYED

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners

Essex - Roger Hirst (Conservative), City analyst
North Yorkshire - Philip Allott (Conservative), Managing Director of PR firm
Northamptonshire - Stephen Mold (Conservative), Ex-company director
Staffordshire - Ben Adams (Conservative), IT developer and golfer


Greater Manchester - Andy Burnham (Labour), Former MP

London - Saqid Khan (Labour), Former MP

West Yorkshire - Tracy Brabin (Labour), MP actress and producer

West Midlands – Andy Street (Conservative), Former Chief Executive

Tees Valley – Ben Houchen (Conservative), Commercial law solicitor

What next?

The commissioners now have four years to meet their pledges to voters.

Former APCC Chair Mark Burns-Williamson, who stood down after his role was abolished, signed off with advice for the next cohort, warning they face significant challenges.

“It has been a really varied, interesting and at times challenging role covering much wider areas of community safety, support for victims and working with criminal justice, local government and many other valued community partners, as well as providing strategic policing governance and making tough decisions through austerity and other difficult times,” he said. 

“On a personal note I have always endeavoured to be visible, accessible and to make a positive difference.”  

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