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Just one in eight Silhillians vote in police and crime commissioner elections

LABOUR'S Bob Jones is declared winner, but dismal turn-out overshadows commissioner result

LABOUR'S Bob Jones was elected the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner last Friday

The Labour man took 44 per cent of the vote across the region, leaving Tory Matt Bennett trailing in second place with 18 per cent.

Former detective Cath Hannon, an independent candidate for the £100,000 a year role, was third and eliminated along with four other candidates.

But the story of the day was the appalling 12.3 per cent turnouts as people either ignored or objected to the ballot in their droves.

Mr Jones will now be responsible for setting the strategic and spending policy for West Midlands Police.

In Solihull 19,830 votes were cast (12.5%) of which 19,294 votes were valid.

Results forfirst perference were, Bennett (Con) 5772, Etheridge (UKIP) 1540, Hannon (Ind) 4478, Jones (Lab) 3603, Khan (LD) 650, Rumble (Ind) 1501, Webley (Ind) 1750

 

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