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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Tory wins Police Commissioner election

Conservative Richard Rhodes is Cumbria's first police and crime commissioner.

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Richard Rhodes

He defeated Labour candidate Patrick Leonard following a second count this afternoon in Kendal.

Mr Rhodes, from Staveley, near Ulverston, polled 18,080 votes in the first counting round and Mr Leonard 15,301. Liberal Democrat Pru Jupe (13,623 votes) and independent Mary Robinson (15,245) were eliminated at this stage.

After second choice results were totted up, former headmaster and Barrow magistrate Mr Rhodes had received 25,408 votes and Mr Leonard 20,317.

The election used the supplementary vote system in which voters were asked to select their first and second preferences using two columns on the ballot paper. As no candidate gained over 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two top candidates from the first preference votes went forward to a second round when the second choice votes were counted.

Following the result, temporary Chief Constable Bernard Lawson said he welcomed Mr Rhodes' appointment and added he was looking forward to working with him.

“As we continue to work within an ever changing police force, community policing is our priority. Our focus will continue to remain on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, bringing offenders to justice and dealing with those issues that matter most to our communities," he said.

Voters went to the polls yesterday, however, turn-out was only 16.38 per cent for the county.

The turn-out figure for Carlisle was 14.92 per cent, Copeland 14.21 per cent and Allerdale 16.7 per cent. In Barrow, only 8.37 per cent (4,464 people) took part while South Lakeland had the highest turn-out in the county at 23.78 per cent.

In total, 64,270 Cumbrians voted. 2,014 ballot papers were rejected or spoiled.

Commissioners are being elected across England and Wales to replace police authorities.

They will have powers to hire and fire chief constables and to set policing priorities and force budgets.

The Cumbrian commissioner will be paid £65,000 a year. Mr Rhodes will start work on Thursday.

Have your say

REGARDING PIGSICK LETTER 21ST NOVEMBER 2012. sir/mdm its always been a criminal offence. to leave a vehicle with the engine running unatended.when i passed my driving test 46 years ago it was in my highway code.so the police person was with in his/her right to book you.and hopefull prosicute you for it.

Posted by robert 3 on 23 November 2012 at 13:22

@ The refusnik - haven't you heard? Mr Rhodes is against anti social behaviour - bet the Police are kicking themselves now for not thinking of that first!

Posted by Evil McBad on 22 November 2012 at 18:39

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