Police Commissioner Election: West Oxfordshire and Cherwell choose blue

VOTERS in West Oxfordshire and Cherwell have stayed true to their Tory roots and chosen Conservative Anthony Stansfeld as Police and Crime Commissioner.

In the latest results, in Cherwell Mr Stansfeld came top with 4,621 votes. Labour's Tim Starkey came second with 3,428, independent Geoff Howard got 1,730, followed by UKIP's Barry Cooper with 1,192, Liberal Democrat John Howson with 949, and independent Patience Awe with 935.

In West Oxfordshire the vote ran Mr Stansfeld 4,399, Mr Starkey 1,998, Mr Howard 1,451, Mr Cooper 793, and Ms Awe 792, and Mr Howson last with 789.

It also means the county has broadly followed its recent general and district council election results, with Oxford an island of red surrounded by a sea of Tory blue.

Mr Stansfeld is well ahead of Mr Starkey in terms of districts across the Thames Valley won. However to secure an outright result, he needs to have won 50 per cent of the first preference votes cast.

That will be known shortly. If not, second preference votes will be counted and the winner not declared until after 4pm.

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1:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

EMBOX1 says...

What a total farce. Not only did less than 11 in every 100 people vote, so there is no mandate, but the people who "won" just reflect the political parties who win in that same area.

Politics OUT of policing. It ain't broke, don't fix it.
What a total farce. Not only did less than 11 in every 100 people vote, so there is no mandate, but the people who "won" just reflect the political parties who win in that same area. Politics OUT of policing. It ain't broke, don't fix it. EMBOX1

1:39pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mrs Arcanum says...

Police should be outside of any political or personal interest. Having someone elected just gives another snout in the expenses trough.
Police should be outside of any political or personal interest. Having someone elected just gives another snout in the expenses trough. Mrs Arcanum

1:48pm Fri 16 Nov 12

WitWiz says...

Total waste of time & money (cost of set up estimated to be £75 million plus) to have Commissioners who in the main are going to be politically motivated.
With such a low turn out (expected) the results should have been declared null & void. There is NO mandate with just 11-15% of people voting.
I voted for the two standing as being 'Independent'. No more politicians needed!
Keep politics out of policing.
Total waste of time & money (cost of set up estimated to be £75 million plus) to have Commissioners who in the main are going to be politically motivated. With such a low turn out (expected) the results should have been declared null & void. There is NO mandate with just 11-15% of people voting. I voted for the two standing as being 'Independent'. No more politicians needed! Keep politics out of policing. WitWiz

2:01pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Phisher says...

When do we get the figures for spoiled papers?
When do we get the figures for spoiled papers? Phisher

3:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

cedric557 says...

It is a pity so many didn't vote - I did because I want accountability - 'not for politics or personal issues' - but someone independent of the police who will give a voice to concerns the public might have about policing issues - someone who might ask questions on our behalf where policing falls short of the standards expected.
It is a pity so many didn't vote - I did because I want accountability - 'not for politics or personal issues' - but someone independent of the police who will give a voice to concerns the public might have about policing issues - someone who might ask questions on our behalf where policing falls short of the standards expected. cedric557

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