Kennedy elected Merseyside Police and Crime commissioner

Jane Kennedy has been elected Merseyside's first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has been elected Merseyside's first Police and Crime Commissioner.

First published in News

JANE KENNEDY has been elected Merseyside's first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Ms Kennedy got 70,884 votes in the region. Her nearest rival Geoff Gubb of the Conservatives was on 15,870.

Turn out across Merseyside was 12.7per cent, while in St Helens it was 12.9.

The police and crime commissioners powers will include hiring and firing chief constables, setting budgets and strategy.

The commissioner will be held to account by a police and crime panel, made up of people from local authorities. 

The Labour candidate, a former Liverpool Wavertree MP,  vowed to work hard for Merseyside, the police and the communities that they serve.

She added: "It's an election that probably none of us wanted but I do want to thank all of those who have voted despite the low turnout."

The breakdown of the vote to local authorities, showed Ms Kennedy received 10,033 votes in St Helens 7,850 more than her nearest challenger Tory Geoff Gubb.

There were 350 spoiled ballots in St Helens.


Merseyside overall result

  • Jane Kennedy (Labour): 70,884
  • Geoff Gubb (Conservative): 15, 870
  • Kiron Reid (Independent): 14,379
  • Paula Clare Keaveney (Liberal Democrats): 9.192
  • Hilary Jane Jones (UKIP): 8,704
  • Paul Duane Rimmer (English Democrats): 7,142

Turn out: 12.7per cent


How the vote went in St Helens

  • Geoff Gubb (Conservative): 2,183
  • Hilary Jane Jones (UKIP): 1,098.
  • Paula Clare Keaveney (Liberal Democrats): 1,116
  • Jane Kennedy (Labour): 10,033
  • Kiron Reid (Independent): 1,688
  • Paul Duane Rimmer (English Democrats): 1,371


Turn out across the country for 41 Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales varied between 13 and 20 per cent.

Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said: “The low turnout at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is a concern for everyone who cares about democracy.

“These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of year, which is why we have made clear at every stage that it would be important to engage effectively with voters.

“The Government took a number of decisions about how to run these elections that we did not agree with.

"But what is important now is that the right lessons are learnt: we will talk to voters, candidates and Returning Officers to understand what worked and what didn’t.

"The Commission is going to undertake a thorough review, and we will present our findings to Parliament in early 2013.”

 

 

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8:20pm Fri 16 Nov 12

keepitreel says...

what a shambles,so we have a highly paid official nobody wanted withthe power to sack the chief constable even though they have no knowledge about the police force,whats the betting the likes of ST HELENS gets the dirty end of the stick and LIVERPOOL gets everything they wish for.
what a shambles,so we have a highly paid official nobody wanted withthe power to sack the chief constable even though they have no knowledge about the police force,whats the betting the likes of ST HELENS gets the dirty end of the stick and LIVERPOOL gets everything they wish for. keepitreel
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9:02pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Bill Bradbury says...

I don't think I will waste time to comment on this non event. Keepitreal I am not surprised how right you are. A nonentity in a nonentity job knowing nothing and will do nothing except issue clap-trap from her mouth telling us how good she will be for us all. Glad at least she has an income which many of us can only dream about. value for money? We will see.
I don't think I will waste time to comment on this non event. Keepitreal I am not surprised how right you are. A nonentity in a nonentity job knowing nothing and will do nothing except issue clap-trap from her mouth telling us how good she will be for us all. Glad at least she has an income which many of us can only dream about. value for money? We will see. Bill Bradbury
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12:24am Sat 17 Nov 12

rosered1 says...

keepitreel wrote:
what a shambles,so we have a highly paid official nobody wanted withthe power to sack the chief constable even though they have no knowledge about the police force,whats the betting the likes of ST HELENS gets the dirty end of the stick and LIVERPOOL gets everything they wish for.
£85000 a year to do a job that they know nothing about. Sums up the nose in the trough mentality this country unfortunately has. Disgraceful.
[quote][p][bold]keepitreel[/bold] wrote: what a shambles,so we have a highly paid official nobody wanted withthe power to sack the chief constable even though they have no knowledge about the police force,whats the betting the likes of ST HELENS gets the dirty end of the stick and LIVERPOOL gets everything they wish for.[/p][/quote]£85000 a year to do a job that they know nothing about. Sums up the nose in the trough mentality this country unfortunately has. Disgraceful. rosered1
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9:21am Sat 17 Nov 12

jumper says...

Don't diagree with anything that has been said but something was needed to be done because we have only had lip service for a very long time, let's hope we can get the new commissioner to a meeting of the csp at least.
Don't diagree with anything that has been said but something was needed to be done because we have only had lip service for a very long time, let's hope we can get the new commissioner to a meeting of the csp at least. jumper
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10:53am Sat 17 Nov 12

smith&weston says...

A passion for the job would not need £85000 a year .
What do you want to be when you leave school Joey / Jane...
A politician, it's money for old rope.
A passion for the job would not need £85000 a year . What do you want to be when you leave school Joey / Jane... A politician, it's money for old rope. smith&weston
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11:52am Sat 17 Nov 12

mikeperry109 says...

In a democratic country how can you justify a position where you had to put up £5000 to stand? It means you had to be either rich or backed by a party, or wealthy individuals. She got almost 71000 votes out of a population of almost 600,000 electors. This is not a mandate for anything. She was a nonentity as an MP, but will now be paid a huge salary on top of her parliamentary pension doing a job that well over half a million people did not support her. A complete waste of public money.
In a democratic country how can you justify a position where you had to put up £5000 to stand? It means you had to be either rich or backed by a party, or wealthy individuals. She got almost 71000 votes out of a population of almost 600,000 electors. This is not a mandate for anything. She was a nonentity as an MP, but will now be paid a huge salary on top of her parliamentary pension doing a job that well over half a million people did not support her. A complete waste of public money. mikeperry109
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1:37pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jumper says...

It is only a whinge but what is so bloody annoying is all the years of promises for what they all got good money for and we back to we're, i don't know.
It is only a whinge but what is so bloody annoying is all the years of promises for what they all got good money for and we back to we're, i don't know. jumper
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10:18am Sun 18 Nov 12

fatherjessup says...

Can't blame Jane Kennedy for recognising a nice little earner and putting her name forward as there are many others in the borough pulling in handsome salarys for doing jobs they know nothing about.
No amount of commissioner's is going to make any difference to crime figures until the courts system is looked at and given the power to hand down appropiate punishments instead of the limp wristed way miscreants are dealt with.
Can't blame Jane Kennedy for recognising a nice little earner and putting her name forward as there are many others in the borough pulling in handsome salarys for doing jobs they know nothing about. No amount of commissioner's is going to make any difference to crime figures until the courts system is looked at and given the power to hand down appropiate punishments instead of the limp wristed way miscreants are dealt with. fatherjessup
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6:20pm Sun 18 Nov 12

jumper says...

Should be no excuses now because she is not under the whip's office.
Should be no excuses now because she is not under the whip's office. jumper
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2:35pm Mon 19 Nov 12

jumper says...

Why don't we just have a mayor save money all round, no commissioner rep for each ward.
Why don't we just have a mayor save money all round, no commissioner rep for each ward. jumper
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