Emily Spurrell thanks public after winning second term as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC Emily Spurrell

Labour’s Emily Spurrell has today thanked voters on Merseyside for re-electing her to be the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner for a second term.

Emily took 61.7% of the vote, beating challenges from three other candidates to secure a further four years in office on a promise to continue to fight crime and invest in hard-hit neighbourhoods.

The result was declared at approximately 3.30pm today (Saturday 4th May) by the Police Area Returning Office, Andrew Lewis, at the Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree. 

Emily increased her majority from 57% in 2021, by taking 152,640 votes.

Her closest contender, Conservative candidate Bob Teesdale received 35,221 votes, while the Green Party’s Cllr Amanda Onwuemene came third with 28,093 votes, and the Cllr Christoper Carubia (Liberal Democrat) finished fourth with 28,093 votes.

The former Mossley Hill Councillor and community safety lead for Liverpool City Council will officially start her second term on Thursday 9th May 2024.

During Emily’s first term in office, gun crime dropped to its lowest rate since records began, police officer numbers increased by more than 600 and she secured more than £14m of extra funding for key initiatives to prevent crime and support victims.

She also launched the Victim Care Merseyside hub which offered support to more than 40,000 people during its first year, she invested more than £350,000 for better opportunities for young people and she developed a partnership strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

In her manifesto, she has pledged to focus on visible and accountable policing, tackling gun and knife crime, protecting victims and vulnerable people and preventing crime and ASB in her second term.

Emily said: “I’m so proud and honoured that the public of Merseyside have once again chosen me to serve as their Police and Crime Commissioner with such a large majority.

“When I was first elected three years ago, I promised to stand up for our region and demand more for local people.

“Today’s result is a huge endorsement from the people of Merseyside of the work which has already been delivered and shows they back my plan to continue this work during the next four years.

“I want to reiterate that promise today. I’m determined to continue the work I’ve started – ridding the streets of the serious violence and organised crime that blights our neighbourhoods, investing in our communities and working to prevent crime by creating vital opportunities for young people.

“I will make road safety a key priority to reduce the needless deaths and injuries that occur every year on our roads, and, through my scrutiny programme, I will see that Merseyside Police continues to deliver the best possible service to the people of our brilliant region.

“Together, we can continue to build a safer, stronger Merseyside.”

PCCs are appointed to act as a visible and accountable elected official working on behalf of the public on policing and community safety issues.

Their roles include appointing the Chief Constable, holding them to account on police performance on behalf of local people, setting the local police and crime priorities, and setting the police budget.

Jane Kennedy was first’s Police and Crime Commissioner, serving two terms in office between November 2012 until May 2021. Emily Spurrell took up the position in May 2021 having secured 57% of the vote.