Independent elected West Mercia police and crime commissioner

Kidderminster Shuttle: Winner: Independent Bill Longmore. Winner: Independent Bill Longmore.

WYRE Forest voters picked the winner as Independent Bill Longmore was elected West Mercia’s first police and crime commissioner.

With second and first preference votes counted, Mr Longmore won 71,955, including 21,055 second preference votes, compared to Conservative Adrian Blackshaw’s 54,999, including 5,201 second preferences.

Labour’s Dr Simon Murphy was elminated before second preference votes were counted after no candidate won 50 per cent of the vote in the first round. He received 34,652 votes, the fewest number of first preferences.

Wyre Forest was the first of nine in the West Mercia Police area to declare both first and second preference results, with Mr Longmore receiving 5,414 - 55 per cent - in the district, although just 12.5 per cent of registered electors voted.

Following the announcement, Mr Longmore said: "I am a man of the people and this result shows that people don't want politics in the police."

He will take up his role on Thursday, November 22, when West Mercia Police Authority will cease to exist.

The former Staffordshire policeman, businessman and community sports worker will take on several of the authority’s roles, such as setting the police budget.

Speaking about Mr Longmore's appointment, West Mercia chief constable David Shaw said: "On behalf of the whole workforce at West Mercia Police, we are very much looking forward to working with Mr Longmore.

“We will work to ensure the people of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire continue to get the best possible protection and service from the force.

"The election of a police and crime commissioner is an important development for the public, West Mercia Police and partners, all of whom work together to make West Mercia a safe place to live, work and visit.

"Mr Longmore is already aware of the policing challenges West Mercia faces and I will be discussing these with him in greater detail when he takes up his role.

"I thoroughly look forward to building a positive, professional working relationship with Mr Longmore as we enter an unprecedented period of change, challenge and opportunity."

 

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6:47pm Fri 16 Nov 12

racerroy says...

Never heard of him, my wife and I never got a poll card.
Had no idea of who was standing for election.
Would not have voted for a 72yr old who lives outside of Worcestershire.
There are those that will say if you didn't vote then you have no say as to who has been voted...tosh...it would have been good to read something on the candidates that were standing but there was nothing to enable me to at least make a choice
A complete shambles and to think this pensioner could fire our Chief Constable thats a disgrace.
I would prefer it if he just tended to his Veggie patch.
Never heard of him, my wife and I never got a poll card. Had no idea of who was standing for election. Would not have voted for a 72yr old who lives outside of Worcestershire. There are those that will say if you didn't vote then you have no say as to who has been voted...tosh...it would have been good to read something on the candidates that were standing but there was nothing to enable me to at least make a choice A complete shambles and to think this pensioner could fire our Chief Constable thats a disgrace. I would prefer it if he just tended to his Veggie patch. racerroy
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10:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

FranOb says...

These Elections cost £1Million nationally. Just think how many front line Police Officers could be employed with this money?
Nobody wanted these elections and most of us did not want a Political appointee!
The only consolation is that Labour got the drubbing it deserved.
These Elections cost £1Million nationally. Just think how many front line Police Officers could be employed with this money? Nobody wanted these elections and most of us did not want a Political appointee! The only consolation is that Labour got the drubbing it deserved. FranOb
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2:07am Sat 17 Nov 12

Stephen Brown says...

Actually the cost of these elections nationally is quoted as anywhere between £75million and £100million. That's actually a lot of police officers - about 3,000.

Quote: Darren Hughes of the Electoral Reform Society said the PCC elections had started as a flagship government policy, but had descended into a "farce".

What was equally concerning in my opinion is some winning Tory candidates claiming the low turnout was because people didn't understand what it was about. Err, no, it's because people think it was a stupid idea in the first place. In some areas up to 10% of ballot papers were 'spoilt' or had slogans written on them objecting to the election as police politicisation.

"Farce" is about right.
Actually the cost of these elections nationally is quoted as anywhere between £75million and £100million. That's actually a lot of police officers - about 3,000. Quote: Darren Hughes of the Electoral Reform Society said the PCC elections had started as a flagship government policy, but had descended into a "farce". What was equally concerning in my opinion is some winning Tory candidates claiming the low turnout was because people didn't understand what it was about. Err, no, it's because people think it was a stupid idea in the first place. In some areas up to 10% of ballot papers were 'spoilt' or had slogans written on them objecting to the election as police politicisation. "Farce" is about right. Stephen Brown
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5:07pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Driving Instructor says...

For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..
For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood.. Driving Instructor
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6:07pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Poppasmurf says...

Driving Instructor wrote:
For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..
I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly.
[quote][p][bold]Driving Instructor[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..[/p][/quote]I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly. Poppasmurf
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7:09pm Sat 17 Nov 12

emjaypee says...

Not just Labour that got the drubbing, the Tories expected to take the lions share so it goes to show that the public had equal or little faith in both.
Independants are the real victors in this farce despite their qualities or experience. Interesting that some elected PCC's were former police authority members which were appointed to the authority without any democratic mandate.
Not just Labour that got the drubbing, the Tories expected to take the lions share so it goes to show that the public had equal or little faith in both. Independants are the real victors in this farce despite their qualities or experience. Interesting that some elected PCC's were former police authority members which were appointed to the authority without any democratic mandate. emjaypee
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7:58pm Sat 17 Nov 12

racerroy says...

Poppasmurf wrote:
Driving Instructor wrote:
For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..
I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly.
At least he took the time to voice his opinion on this forum, by the way did you vote!!
[quote][p][bold]Poppasmurf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Driving Instructor[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..[/p][/quote]I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly.[/p][/quote]At least he took the time to voice his opinion on this forum, by the way did you vote!! racerroy
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8:17pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Poppasmurf says...

racerroy wrote:
Poppasmurf wrote:
Driving Instructor wrote:
For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..
I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly.
At least he took the time to voice his opinion on this forum, by the way did you vote!!
Yes, I voted for the Independent candidate. I was tempted not to vote or spoil my paper but in the end decided not to waste my vote.
[quote][p][bold]racerroy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poppasmurf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Driving Instructor[/bold] wrote: For once I agree with Fran Oborski, didnt need one, he is too old,and did you hear his winning speech, I hear children every day talking Queens english better,,god help us, so now we have two Chief Constable's, can see why Mr Picken never stood..[/p][/quote]I don't think the writer of the above quote should be criticising anyone on their English. It's very evident the writer is unable to write properly, never mind speak properly.[/p][/quote]At least he took the time to voice his opinion on this forum, by the way did you vote!![/p][/quote]Yes, I voted for the Independent candidate. I was tempted not to vote or spoil my paper but in the end decided not to waste my vote. Poppasmurf
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5:58pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Gobby Robby says...

The amusing thing is the 'Independent' was, in my opinion, the least independent of the lot if you look at his background.
The amusing thing is the 'Independent' was, in my opinion, the least independent of the lot if you look at his background. Gobby Robby
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6:26pm Sun 18 Nov 12

emjaypee says...

He is still free from the party whip so that's as independent as we were likely to get.
FranOb speaks of a party getting a "drubbing" I think the LibDems got the real drubbing since they failed to gain any PCC's. Could this be a glimpse of their performance come the next general election? Seems the country has not forgiven them for jumping into bed with the tories and going back on pre-election pledges.
Some people will do anything for a slice of power both locally & nationally.
He is still free from the party whip so that's as independent as we were likely to get. FranOb speaks of a party getting a "drubbing" I think the LibDems got the real drubbing since they failed to gain any PCC's. Could this be a glimpse of their performance come the next general election? Seems the country has not forgiven them for jumping into bed with the tories and going back on pre-election pledges. Some people will do anything for a slice of power both locally & nationally. emjaypee
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7:43pm Sun 18 Nov 12

racerroy says...

emjaypee wrote:
He is still free from the party whip so that's as independent as we were likely to get.
FranOb speaks of a party getting a "drubbing" I think the LibDems got the real drubbing since they failed to gain any PCC's. Could this be a glimpse of their performance come the next general election? Seems the country has not forgiven them for jumping into bed with the tories and going back on pre-election pledges.
Some people will do anything for a slice of power both locally & nationally.
Here here totally agree with you m8y, I reckon the Lib's have held back the Tory party and also reckon that had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today.
[quote][p][bold]emjaypee[/bold] wrote: He is still free from the party whip so that's as independent as we were likely to get. FranOb speaks of a party getting a "drubbing" I think the LibDems got the real drubbing since they failed to gain any PCC's. Could this be a glimpse of their performance come the next general election? Seems the country has not forgiven them for jumping into bed with the tories and going back on pre-election pledges. Some people will do anything for a slice of power both locally & nationally.[/p][/quote]Here here totally agree with you m8y, I reckon the Lib's have held back the Tory party and also reckon that had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today. racerroy
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7:52pm Sun 18 Nov 12

racerroy says...

Why in the hell didn't Peter Picken stand for election with his credentials he would have been well placed to perform on behalf of the residents.I am disappointed in the election results which should be nullified as there was not a quorum of the electorate.
Why in the hell didn't Peter Picken stand for election with his credentials he would have been well placed to perform on behalf of the residents.I am disappointed in the election results which should be nullified as there was not a quorum of the electorate. racerroy
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10:29pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Gobby Robby says...

Racerroy agrees with emjaypee's 'Seems the country has not forgiven them (LibDems) for jumping into bed with the tories' & then goes on to berate them for holding ' back the Tory party'. Yet another confused blogger on here. 'had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today' - yikes! This means if the government hadn't been 'held back' and was even more right wing maybe we'd be in a treble dip with even less public services! Blimey there's some extreme people out there!
Racerroy agrees with emjaypee's 'Seems the country has not forgiven them (LibDems) for jumping into bed with the tories' & then goes on to berate them for holding ' back the Tory party'. Yet another confused blogger on here. 'had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today' - yikes! This means if the government hadn't been 'held back' and was even more right wing maybe we'd be in a treble dip with even less public services! Blimey there's some extreme people out there! Gobby Robby
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11:58pm Sun 18 Nov 12

racerroy says...

Gobby Robby wrote:
Racerroy agrees with emjaypee's 'Seems the country has not forgiven them (LibDems) for jumping into bed with the tories' & then goes on to berate them for holding ' back the Tory party'. Yet another confused blogger on here. 'had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today' - yikes! This means if the government hadn't been 'held back' and was even more right wing maybe we'd be in a treble dip with even less public services! Blimey there's some extreme people out there!
I wonder who's confused if all you can do is retype others comments.
This blog started with regards to a pensioner being appointed as Police Commissioner lets not lose track of that like it or not that is what we got, I personally don't like the result.
[quote][p][bold]Gobby Robby[/bold] wrote: Racerroy agrees with emjaypee's 'Seems the country has not forgiven them (LibDems) for jumping into bed with the tories' & then goes on to berate them for holding ' back the Tory party'. Yet another confused blogger on here. 'had we not a coalition Gov the country would be stronger than it is today' - yikes! This means if the government hadn't been 'held back' and was even more right wing maybe we'd be in a treble dip with even less public services! Blimey there's some extreme people out there![/p][/quote]I wonder who's confused if all you can do is retype others comments. This blog started with regards to a pensioner being appointed as Police Commissioner lets not lose track of that like it or not that is what we got, I personally don't like the result. racerroy
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10:03am Mon 19 Nov 12

FranOb says...

emjaypee, as a Liberal, NOT a Liberal Democrat I completely agree with you!
Nick Clegg's crazy Coalition agreement and toadying to Cameron has destroyed his Party and their credibility!
Across the country retired Police staff did well in the PCC elections because people did not want Politics involved in Policing!
emjaypee, as a Liberal, NOT a Liberal Democrat I completely agree with you! Nick Clegg's crazy Coalition agreement and toadying to Cameron has destroyed his Party and their credibility! Across the country retired Police staff did well in the PCC elections because people did not want Politics involved in Policing! FranOb
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5:33pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Gobby Robby says...

What's wrong with the Commissioner being a pensioner?
What's wrong with the Commissioner being a pensioner? Gobby Robby
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9:13pm Mon 19 Nov 12

walkerno5 says...

We need more pensioners in politics, people of great experience with an eye on leaving a meaningful legacy rather than lucrative speaking tours and non exec positions.

The current mode for a procession of shiny suited 40 somethings is not producing good politics is it?
We need more pensioners in politics, people of great experience with an eye on leaving a meaningful legacy rather than lucrative speaking tours and non exec positions. The current mode for a procession of shiny suited 40 somethings is not producing good politics is it? walkerno5
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10:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

harryurz says...

I find it incredible that people think politics should not be involved in policing; it has been an inherant part of policing since Sir Robert Peel's days! In the 1800's there was widespread public opposition to the ‘new’ police, who saw it as a means of political oppression. The Police were a political football through the 70s and 80s, and also remember political aspects of police involvement in the Miner's Strike, the 'sus' laws, the RUC and 'shoot to kill' ? etc etc. Politics will always be central to how the police carry out their often onerous tasks, and good luck to them.
I find it incredible that people think politics should not be involved in policing; it has been an inherant part of policing since Sir Robert Peel's days! In the 1800's there was widespread public opposition to the ‘new’ police, who saw it as a means of political oppression. The Police were a political football through the 70s and 80s, and also remember political aspects of police involvement in the Miner's Strike, the 'sus' laws, the RUC and 'shoot to kill' ? etc etc. Politics will always be central to how the police carry out their often onerous tasks, and good luck to them. harryurz
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2:10pm Wed 21 Nov 12

comberton hill questions says...

Fran you seem a little confused regarding the figures: -

PCC x41
Conservatives - 16
Labour - 13
Independent - 12

No one therefore appears to have had a drubbing as you put it.

As Stephen Brown states most commentators put the cost between £75 and £100 million not £1 million!!

15% turnout the lowest post war turnout of any election.

So in conclusion Fran your facts are incorrect.

£100 million = 3000 police officers & 41 PCC costing about £100,000 each looking at their costs not just their salary - £4.1 million another 123 police officers. Hmm wonder which people would prefer!!
Fran you seem a little confused regarding the figures: - PCC x41 Conservatives - 16 Labour - 13 Independent - 12 No one therefore appears to have had a drubbing as you put it. As Stephen Brown states most commentators put the cost between £75 and £100 million not £1 million!! 15% turnout the lowest post war turnout of any election. So in conclusion Fran your facts are incorrect. £100 million = 3000 police officers & 41 PCC costing about £100,000 each looking at their costs not just their salary - £4.1 million another 123 police officers. Hmm wonder which people would prefer!! comberton hill questions
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2:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

racerroy says...

comberton hill questions wrote:
Fran you seem a little confused regarding the figures: -

PCC x41
Conservatives - 16
Labour - 13
Independent - 12

No one therefore appears to have had a drubbing as you put it.

As Stephen Brown states most commentators put the cost between £75 and £100 million not £1 million!!

15% turnout the lowest post war turnout of any election.

So in conclusion Fran your facts are incorrect.

£100 million = 3000 police officers & 41 PCC costing about £100,000 each looking at their costs not just their salary - £4.1 million another 123 police officers. Hmm wonder which people would prefer!!
15% turn out, these elections should have been null & void from the outset.
[quote][p][bold]comberton hill questions[/bold] wrote: Fran you seem a little confused regarding the figures: - PCC x41 Conservatives - 16 Labour - 13 Independent - 12 No one therefore appears to have had a drubbing as you put it. As Stephen Brown states most commentators put the cost between £75 and £100 million not £1 million!! 15% turnout the lowest post war turnout of any election. So in conclusion Fran your facts are incorrect. £100 million = 3000 police officers & 41 PCC costing about £100,000 each looking at their costs not just their salary - £4.1 million another 123 police officers. Hmm wonder which people would prefer!![/p][/quote]15% turn out, these elections should have been null & void from the outset. racerroy
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