Sue Mountstevens wins Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner elections

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  • Sue Mountstevens wins election after second preference votes were counted up against Ken Maddock.
  • Only 19.58% of people across force area voted.
  • PCC will replace 17-person Police Authority.
  • She will help set policing priorities, manage police budgets and have the power to appoint and sack a Chief Constable.

6:11pm

SUE Mountstevens is Avon and Somerset's Police Crime Commissioner.

The Independent candidate was officially elected minutes ago after second preference votes were counted which she contested with Conservative Ken Maddock.

The turnout for yesterday's voting was 19.58%.

4:32pm

AFTER Stage one: Sue Mountstevens (Ind) - 83,985; Ken Maddock (Con) - 57,094; John Savage (Lab) - 49,989, Pete Levy (Lib Dem) - 43,446.

As no candidate received 50% of the vote, it will go to second round with Sue Mountstevens and Ken Maddock contesting.

Second preference votes will now be counted.

More to follow...

12:27pm

OFFICIAL counting is now underway.

There are strong suggestions indicating Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens has won the race.

Check back here for more as we get it...

10:30am

THE turnout for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election was a pitiful 19.58%.

The turnout was lowest in Sedgemoor, where only 12,830 (14.3%) of the 89,427 people eligible to vote did so.

In Taunton Deane, 18.1% voted while the turnout was just 16.9% in West Somerset.

19.2% of people voted in South Somerset.

Counting of the votes will start around midday.

7:50pm

A LIVE blog on PCC election results will appear here from tomorrow (November 16) morning.

4:52pm

Steph Clapham said: “I knew about the election but I don’t think it’s been advertised or documented enough to provide enough information to be able to make a decision.”

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

4:51pm

Inoka Damayanthi said: “I didn’t really know much about it, or the kinds of things these people would be making decision on.”

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

4:50pm

Rosemary Lock said: “I don’t think there was enough information out there for me to make a decision on who to vote for, so I didn’t vote.”

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

4:49pm

We asked some of our readers if they voted in today’s elections - none of them had voted and all of them felt there was not enough information provided to the public.

Ricky Plowright said: “I think there should be a live TV debate like there is in the elections for Prime Minister, so you get a better sense of what each person is like and their views.

“Instead we have short TV and radio adverts and I don’t think they provide enough information about who we’re voting for.”

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

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10:42am Thu 15 Nov 12

FreeSpeech? says

Can't wait to see how low the turnout is.
Complete waste of time & money.

 

10:47am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Dr John Savage

JOHN Savage is the chief executive of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and the chairman of University Hospitals Bristol.

He came second in the Labour candidate selection process but became the candidate when Bob Ashford stepped down due to a childhood criminal conviction.

Dr Savage, who has also had the role of High Sheriff of Bristol, says as PCC he would act as a go-between for the public, police and Government.

He said: “I fully understand the need for a new approach to resource allocation in these testing economic times but the Government is making the wrong choices on crime, taking front-line police off the streets, weakening powers to deal with anti-social behaviour and opening the door to the privatisation of core services.

“I will fight the impact of these reckless changes.”

He added: “I believe the great point about this is that it creates a new interface for people to get their voices, their thoughts and their worries into the police service.”

10:46am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Pete Levy

SOMERSET-born Pete Levy, a LibDem councillor since May 2010, served with Wiltshire Constabulary before joining the Royal Military Police.

He said: “I will commit to the PCC’s office being inclusive, honest, representative, fair-minded and accountable.

“Politicisation of policing is not acceptable or fair to the integrity of the police or public.

“I want a robust and honest collaboration between PCC’s office and all local authorities, regardless of political affiliation.

“It is important that people feel they have someone to stand up for them, who not only has experience of working with the police but is on their side.

“I will make sure we maintain effective front line services and fight further cuts to our police.

“It is vital that people use their vote on November 15 as this person will be responsible for the level of police and therefore safety of you and your family.

“It’s an important job and needs someone with experience and knowledge to do it.

“I believe I have all the skills and passion to do this job and will speak up for local communities across Somerset.”

10:44am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Ken Maddock

FORMER leader of Somerset County Council, Ken Maddock, is standing for the Conservatives in the elections.

Ken led the authority from 2008 until stepping down earlier this year to contest the Crime Commissioner role.

He said: “My approach is about getting tough and getting serious.

“I will be tough on the small minority of young people who blight the lives of local people and serious about giving every young person the best possible start in life by expanding Police Cadets and apprenticeships to promote skills.”

Ken has also pledged to improve community safety, increase detection rates, cut costs in front-line policing and ensure police priorities match community needs.

He said: “What needed to be done at Somerset County Council was to stretch every pound and make it go further, and in my book that needs to be done in the police.

“The business is ripe for reform – that’s not to say that they haven’t been doing a terrific job in many respects because they have – but we can all learn.

“I regard this as a great opportunity to take the improvements made in recent years in tackling crime and community safety to the next level, and to do so in a more transparent and accountable way.

“I believe I bring experience, support and a willingness to listen which this will need.”

10:42am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Sue Mountstevens

SUE Mountstevens (Independent) says she will “keep politics out of policing”.

For many years she was a director of Mountstevens Bakeries, magistrate, independent member on the Avon and Somerset Police Authority and vice-chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison.

She said: “The Commissioner’s role will be to deliver an effective police force, supporting Avon and Somerset Constabulary while holding the force to account and acting as the voice of the 1.6 million people in the area, as well as working in partnership with local and national agencies. Politics should be kept out of policing and I’ll protect both residents and police from political interference.

“I was born here, educated here, work here and care about local people. I know how to run a large and complex business and understand the criminal justice system.”

Her priorities are tackling anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, and burglary, as well as focusing on victims.

“The link is the home – how safe people feel in their home and in their communities. If people aren’t safe in their home or don’t feel safe they cannot live a normal life.

“I’ll put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. I’ll ensure their voice is heard and action is taken.”

10:27am

The candidates in the election are Sue Mountstevens (Independent); Dr John Savage (Labour); Ken Maddock (Conservative); and Pete Levy (LibDem).

The winning candidate will oversee the police on behalf of people living in the area, holding the constabulary and the Chief Constable to account.

They will replace the existing Avon and Somerset Police Authority of 17 councillors and independent members of the public, and will set policing priorities and decide how your council tax is spent on crime and policing issues.

They will be elected for four years, and be expected to publish a police and crime plan setting out objectives for Avon and Somerset.

There are fears that the election could have the lowest turnout ever for a poll in this country.

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10:42am Thu 15 Nov 12

FreeSpeech? says...

Can't wait to see how low the turnout is.
Complete waste of time & money.
Can't wait to see how low the turnout is. Complete waste of time & money. FreeSpeech?

10:53am Thu 15 Nov 12

Samej1 says...

What's more, why should policies come into overseeing the Police force?

The force has a defined role and whoever is in charge should be managing it already - the whole process is a madness.
What's more, why should policies come into overseeing the Police force? The force has a defined role and whoever is in charge should be managing it already - the whole process is a madness. Samej1

1:13pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Mi_Coc says...

Pete levy but i agree its waste of time 85k jobs for the boys!
Pete levy but i agree its waste of time 85k jobs for the boys! Mi_Coc

5:37am Fri 16 Nov 12

Dr Dave says...

No info, didn't vote. Complete waste of time and money.
No info, didn't vote. Complete waste of time and money. Dr Dave

1:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mi_Coc says...

Should have to be a minimum 50% turn out to elect. On the basis that 19% ish percent bothered and all those inteviewed said they didnt know enough to vote.

Does that not tell people something, it wasnt done properly. I had to look them up and even then its just a basic what they have done! not what they will do for me.
Should have to be a minimum 50% turn out to elect. On the basis that 19% ish percent bothered and all those inteviewed said they didnt know enough to vote. Does that not tell people something, it wasnt done properly. I had to look them up and even then its just a basic what they have done! not what they will do for me. Mi_Coc

1:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Doverbeme says...

"The turnout was lowest in Sedgemoor, where only 12,830 (14.3%) of the 89,427 people eligible to vote did so."

Or in other words, 85%+ of people saw this election for what it was- a complete and utter farce.
"The turnout was lowest in Sedgemoor, where only 12,830 (14.3%) of the 89,427 people eligible to vote did so." Or in other words, 85%+ of people saw this election for what it was- a complete and utter farce. Doverbeme

8:43pm Fri 16 Nov 12

capcon13 says...

Maddock on the JSA!
Bliss,if only.
Maddock on the JSA! Bliss,if only. capcon13

8:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

MINIME2 says...

Information may have helped. No literature
didnt know where you could vote Bad all round just glad it was not Ken Maddock voted in.He stepped down from the council thinking the job was his.
Information may have helped. No literature didnt know where you could vote Bad all round just glad it was not Ken Maddock voted in.He stepped down from the council thinking the job was his. MINIME2

10:17pm Fri 16 Nov 12

souwesterly says...

Using some slightly warped maths, in Avon & Somerset, the winner was elected by the grand total of just about 7% of the electorate.
Hmmmmm - popular?
Using some slightly warped maths, in Avon & Somerset, the winner was elected by the grand total of just about 7% of the electorate. Hmmmmm - popular? souwesterly

10:43pm Fri 16 Nov 12

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

No idea what this election is all about really. Just hope that whoever has won it males it a serious priority to deal with you-know-who, and anyone associated with them in vicious criminality.
No idea what this election is all about really. Just hope that whoever has won it males it a serious priority to deal with you-know-who, and anyone associated with them in vicious criminality. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth

9:29am Sat 17 Nov 12

awayswing says...

Apparently this election cost £100 million pounds,where did the money go?The candidates had to put down a deposit of £5000,more than at a general election,and then could not afford to leaflet the whole area.Due to a lack of serious support the candidates,presumabl
y,only campaigned in Bristol and the larger areas of population.They also seem to have been overwhelmed with e-mails,I e-mailed all four with a question and only two replied in time for the poll day,one did not reply at all.The government have made little attempt to explain the need to change from a 17 person committee to one commissioner,if there was any need at all.I feel we should not criticise the candidates too much,it is hardly their fault that they were in David Cameron's lunatic idea of getting more for less.Individually they were underfunded and under supported.If you did not have access to a computer it was virtually impossible to find any information,and what information there was was pretty scant.
Apparently this election cost £100 million pounds,where did the money go?The candidates had to put down a deposit of £5000,more than at a general election,and then could not afford to leaflet the whole area.Due to a lack of serious support the candidates,presumabl y,only campaigned in Bristol and the larger areas of population.They also seem to have been overwhelmed with e-mails,I e-mailed all four with a question and only two replied in time for the poll day,one did not reply at all.The government have made little attempt to explain the need to change from a 17 person committee to one commissioner,if there was any need at all.I feel we should not criticise the candidates too much,it is hardly their fault that they were in David Cameron's lunatic idea of getting more for less.Individually they were underfunded and under supported.If you did not have access to a computer it was virtually impossible to find any information,and what information there was was pretty scant. awayswing

1:55pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Mike Rigby says...

These elections have been a shambles. No-one asked for the role, no-one received proper information so hardly anyone bothered to vote. The Government reneged on its promise to freepost candidate profiles to everyone. It was beyond the means of most candidates to produce and distribute literature to all 700,000 households in the Force area. On the plus side, we have chosen to keep party politics out of the role by electing an independent and best of all, we didn't get saddled with Maddock! More here http://mikerigby.org
/2012/11/17/not-even
-close-su-mountsteve
ns-is-our-police-cri
me-commissioner/
These elections have been a shambles. No-one asked for the role, no-one received proper information so hardly anyone bothered to vote. The Government reneged on its promise to freepost candidate profiles to everyone. It was beyond the means of most candidates to produce and distribute literature to all 700,000 households in the Force area. On the plus side, we have chosen to keep party politics out of the role by electing an independent and best of all, we didn't get saddled with Maddock! More here http://mikerigby.org /2012/11/17/not-even -close-su-mountsteve ns-is-our-police-cri me-commissioner/ Mike Rigby

6:50pm Sun 18 Nov 12

OMG!!!! says...

I dont know where you lot all live but I recieved a ballot card & brochure in the post about when & where the elections were taking place. I had to go online to find information about the candidates which I did & it was pretty straight forward. I also went to my local polling station & voted. Those of you who are saying its a waste of time, I didnt vote can not then turn around & complain if you have a problem in your area. Many people dont understand why these elections have taken place but they have & no one can change that but no vote no choice!
I dont know where you lot all live but I recieved a ballot card & brochure in the post about when & where the elections were taking place. I had to go online to find information about the candidates which I did & it was pretty straight forward. I also went to my local polling station & voted. Those of you who are saying its a waste of time, I didnt vote can not then turn around & complain if you have a problem in your area. Many people dont understand why these elections have taken place but they have & no one can change that but no vote no choice! OMG!!!!

4:16pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Monument says...

OMG!!!!

How do you register your total opposition to the whole concept of PCC's other than by not voting or spoiling the ballot paper, which in this election were counted solely as non votes.
OMG!!!! How do you register your total opposition to the whole concept of PCC's other than by not voting or spoiling the ballot paper, which in this election were counted solely as non votes. Monument

11:04pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Mike Rigby says...

Plenty of us objected to the concept but once it was agreed, it was pointless opposing it. We needed to get behind the best candidate. In Avon & Somerset, we were lucky enough to have a good independent candidate and, fortunately, she won. The only way you can effectively object to the concept is to vote for neither of the parties that saddled us with this expensive, unnecessary role at the next general election. www.mikerigby.org
Plenty of us objected to the concept but once it was agreed, it was pointless opposing it. We needed to get behind the best candidate. In Avon & Somerset, we were lucky enough to have a good independent candidate and, fortunately, she won. The only way you can effectively object to the concept is to vote for neither of the parties that saddled us with this expensive, unnecessary role at the next general election. www.mikerigby.org Mike Rigby

12:46pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Mi_Coc says...

whats she going to do about the poor police response to the flooding, nothing she is to busy counting her 85k salary!! public sector cuts whats cuts!
whats she going to do about the poor police response to the flooding, nothing she is to busy counting her 85k salary!! public sector cuts whats cuts! Mi_Coc
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