CONSERVATIVE Philip Seccombe has won the election to become Warwickshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Mr Seccombe led Labour’s Julie Jackson by some 6,000 votes following the first round.
Remaining candidates UKIP Rob Harris, independents David Whitehouse and Ben Twomey, and Lib Dem Nicola Davies were eliminated after the first round having gained 14,553, 11,983, 9,076, and 11,509 votes respectively.
But as neither Mr Seccombe nor Ms Jacksom had a clear majority, the second preference votes for the eliminated candidate were then counted.
And after these were taken into account, Mr Seccombe gained a total of 43,208 votes, compared with 35,108 for Ms Jackson.
Mr Seccombe will take over from Ron Ball, who opted to retire after becoming the county’s first ever PCC in November 2012.
He will work with the chief constable to set priorities and allocate the budget and will also be responsible for holding the force to account.
Overall turnout across the county was 26.73 percent – up around ten per cent from the last PCC election.