Jane Kennedy has today thanked voters on Merseyside for re-electing her to be the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner for a second term.
Jane took 61.7% of the vote, beating challenges from three other candidates to secure a further four years in office. The results were declared just before 5pm today (Friday May 6th)
Jane, who stood as the Labour candidate, polled 186,661 votes in the first round, more than all the other candidates combined, meaning there was no need to go to a second ballot.
Her closest contender, David Burgess-Joyce (Conservatives) received 54,000 votes. Chris Carubia (Liberal Democrats) came third with 34,625 votes, beating John Coyne (Green Party) into fourth with 26,967 votes.
The turnout for the PCC election vote was 30.2% - more than double the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner election in 2012 when just 12.7% of the electorate turned out.
Former Broadgreen and Wavertree MP Jane will officially start her second term on Thursday May 12th.
She said: “I’m proud and honoured that once again the public of Merseyside have given me the mandate to serve as their Police and Crime Commissioner with such a large majority.
“The increase in the turnout, more than double the number of people who turned out in 2012, is evidence that PCCs are far more visible than the Police Authorities they replaced and demonstrates an increasing awareness among the public of the role and its importance. It is also a fantastic endorsement of what the Force and I have achieved during my first term.
“When I took office three-and-a-half years ago I promised to work very hard to do the best job for Merseyside, for the police and for the community they service. That is a promise I repeat today.
“Over the last couple of years I have worked hard, alongside others, to fight against the potentially devastating cuts to the police budget that the Government were proposing. Thankfully we won that fight and, while we have still experienced cutbacks, I can now build on a more solid foundation and continue to develop the really strong partnership work I have been forging with all the agencies that who fight crime and protect communities for the benefit of everyone who lives, works and visits Merseyside.”
See the full results here