Mountstevens wins Somerset
police commissioner election
candidate Sue Mountstevens has won the election to become Avon
and Somerset's first police and crime commissioner.
across the Burnham-On-Sea area voted in the election on Thursday
and the winner was announced on Friday evening.
in the Sedgemoor district, which includes Burnham, was poor at
her new role, Sue Mountstevens will take over from the police
authority and be responsible for controlling the budget and setting
will also have the power to 'hire and fire' chief constables but
will not be involved in the operational side of policing.
delighted Ms Mountstevens said: "Only I have the experience,
the commitment and the freedom to deliver the right policing for
the residents of Avon and Somerset."
your Independent Commissioner I will protect residents and police
from political interference. I will reduce crime so you can be
safe and feel safe in your community. I will be your voice. I
will work with the police for better policing. I will make police
officers and PCSOs more visible in your neighbourhoods."
will be a fierce advocate on behalf of victims and I will ensure
that offenders are dealt with robustly through the criminal justice
system and I never forget that it is your money. I will ensure
that every pound is spent efficiently, effectively and wisely."
the second round of voting , Ms Mountstevens secured 125,704 votes,
while Mr Maddock came in second place with 67,842 votes. Labour's
John Savage and Liberal Democrat Pete Levy were eliminated from
the election in the first stage.
the first stage of voting, Sue Mountstevens won 35.81% of the
vote, while 24.35% voted for Conservative Ken Maddock. Liberal
Democrat Pete Levy was third, winning 43,446 votes (18.53%) and
Labour's John Savage came in fourth with 49,989 votes (21.32%).
chairwoman of the national Electoral Commission said poor turnouts
across the country are "a concern for everyone who cares
Chuka Umunna called the elections "a total shambles"
and said the £100m cost across the UK could have paid for
3,000 police officers.
Prime Minister David Cameron said numbers were always going to
be low when holding an election for the first time. "It takes
time to explain a new post," he said and he predicted voting
numbers would be "much higher next time round".