Winner of Thames Valley police and crime commissioner declared

Published: 16 Nov 2012 16:052 comments

THE winner of the first ever Thames Valley police and crime commissioner election has been named as Conservative Anthony Stansfeld.

Mr Stansfield (pictured) has emerged victorious, beating Labour candidate Tim Starkey by 94,238 votes to 70,403 after the pair went head-to-head in a second round of counting after no single candidate gained more than 50% in the first round of counting.

Mr Stansfield enjoyed a lead of 19,380 votes after the first round of voting, but following the addition of the votes of those who voted for either candidate as their second prefence to the original totals, the Conservative extended his lead to 23,835 votes.

The Tory had topped the polls in 13 districts in the first round, with Mr Starkey winning in Reading, Slough and Oxford.

The turnout across the region was just 13.3% with 10.9% of Slough residents casting a ballot- the lowest in the county.

Mr Stansfeld will take up the role in May and his responsibilities will include setting the force's budget of around £400m and hiring and firing the chief constable.

The Thames Valley was one of more than 40 police force areas in England and Wales where commissioner elections have been taking place.

Independent candidate Geoff Howard finnished third, with Lib Dem John Howson fourth, UKIP's Barry Cooper fifth and independent Patience Tayo Awe sixth.

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  • johnwe
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    Nov 17, 10:17
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    I think that the fact that you now have one person in charge of a police force who has no idea about how the police work and the systems they need is dreadful. On top of this they can sack a Chief Constable who has spent their whole life dedicated to the service and who has worked their way up through the ranks to the top. This may well work in most areas but what if you end up with a political and or personality clash? How would that work and will Chief Constables be sacked because of their political beliefs? This was a terrible idea by the government and they will I believe rue the day they brought this in.

    I wish Sara Thornton and her team the best of luck with this.

    In addition, the reason for the low turn out was not, as put about by some, the fact that it is November, but the fact that no-one had any proper information as to the candidates, who they were or what they stood for. This was a very bad day for democracy, not a good one and will not lead to any greater public influence, over the police at all, after all the Police Authority meetings were open to the public. The new Commissioners will not I suspect.

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  • krazylady1961
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    Dec 20, 10:14
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    here, here

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