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Labour wins West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner job and vows to put bobbies back on beat

The newly elected West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner vowed to put “bobbies back on the beat” after sweeping to an emphatic win in a by-election.

The newly elected West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner vowed to put “bobbies back on the beat” after sweeping to an emphatic win in a by-election.

Despite sweeping the floor with more than half the votes the election of Labour’s David Jamieson was equally marked by one of the lowest turnouts in British election history.

Just one in ten people from across the region voted in the election, which was sparked by the sudden death of Bob Jones.

David Jamieson became the second PCC for the West Midlands by securing 50.83 per cent of the first preference votes, which avoided the need for a second preference count.

Speaking after his win the newly elected Commissioner said: “I am deeply grateful to everybody who voted for me and I am looking forward to serving the people of the West Midlands.

“The most important task is to continue with the recruitment of new police officers and to oppose any attempt to privatise front line policing.

“It is with some humility that I now carry on the work of Bob Jones. Bob was a superb man who was very much liked, admired and respected throughout the West Midlands. He will be a very difficult act to follow.

“The turnout was not in my gift, but I think it’s important to recognise that tens of thousands of people did take the time to cast a vote in this by-election.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Yvonne Mosquito and I am delighted that she will be my deputy.”

Second placed candidate Les Jones, a former Dudley council leader, said it was disappointing that the second preference votes were not counted.

“Those second preferences would have been a game changer,” he said.

But he was clearly delighted to have pushed UKIP well into third place. “People said they would be challengers but I didn’t believe that. The electorate are not stupid, they did not see UKIP as credible when it comes to such a responsible job.”

He said he would go away and think carefully about whether to make a fresh challenge for the job in May 2016.

UKIP candidate Keith Rowe, claimed that the 16 per cent vote he got showed real progress on the seven per cent in 2012.

“We still had a strong result and are moving in the right direction.

“More than doubling our vote shows how well we are doing and we will keep growing.

“We are now the third party in the West Midlands.”

Finally Lib Dem Ayoub Khan, who came a disappointing fourth with six per cent of the vote said that he was more concerned by the turnout.

“This is a very important role designed to build public confidence in the police. Clearly we have a long way to go to build that public confidence.”

On his own performance he said he had matched the national Lib Dem poll ratings.

The Votes

Total validated first preference votes across the West Midlands: 201,789

Total rejected first preference votes across the West Midlands: 3,667

Turnout was 10.41 per cent

David Jamieson won with 50.83 per cent of the vote

David Jamieson (Labour)..............102,561

Les Jones (Conservatives)............... 54,091

Keith Rowe (UKIP).............................. 32,187

Ayoub Khan (Liberal Democrats).12,950

The turnout broken down by area:

Birmingham..........................10.26 per cent

Coventry................................... 9.54 per cent

Dudley....................................... 11.4 per cent

Sandwell......................................9.8 per cent

Solihull....................................11.58 per cent

Walsall.....................................10.72 per cent

Wolverhampton..................10.19 per cent

 

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