Turnout in B&NES for police commissioner election was less than 16 per cent

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By BeckyFeather | Saturday, November 17, 2012, 08:48

Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens has become the first Avon & Somerset Police Commissioner in a landslide victory, defeating her closest rival Ken Maddock by almost 60,000 votes.

But the poor turnout for the elections across the country was repeated here. Turnout in Bath and North East Somerset was just 15.95 per cent - amongst the poorest in the force area, while a turnout of 18.26 per cent was recorded in South Gloucestershire and 16.01 pet cent in North Somerset.

The best turnout (27.48 per cent) came in Bristol, where voters were also choosing the city's elected mayor. 

Sue Mountstevens, a former magistrate, got 125,704 votes with the Conservative candidate Mr Maddock, the former leader of Somerset County Council, receiving 67,842 in the final run-off.

The contest went into a second round after neither of the leading candidates received the required 50 per cent of the votes, with Labour candidate John Savage third with 49,989 votes and Lib Dem Pete Levy fourth, polling 43,446.

The 57-year-old mother-of-three from North Somerset felt she won as an independent candidate as there was no place for politics in policing.

In her acceptance speech, she said she would focus her efforts on combating anti-social behaviour, burglary and violence against women and girls.

She also promised to fight Government cuts and "listen to the quiet voices" before formulating the police force's priorities.

She became the second independent candidate to sweep to power following the election of George Ferguson as Bristol's first ever elected mayor.

There was also a by-election held in Saltford where there was a vacancy on the parish council. Standing were Mervyn Burt, Cliff Hancock and Robert Taylor. The winner was Robert Taylor who polled 336 votes.

Mervyn Burt was second with 279 votes and Clifford Hancock got 165 votes.

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