The sun is shining bright over Lincoln, which means the end of local election counting and the beginning of the Police and Crime Commissioner count.
Gregor Smith is keeping you updated with Lincolnshire’s results from the Drill Hall as well as those from across the country all morning.
While we’re currently processing video, let’s take a look at the results around the country: broadly, both Labour and the Conservatives have held on to the seats they established in 2012, albeit with higher turnout rates. However, where independent candidates have been unseated, Conservative candidates have taken their place – not just here in Lincolnshire but in Warwickshire and West Mercia as well.
Marc Jones (Conservative) gets 48,033 total votes, beating Victoria Ayling (UKIP) to be Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire. Interviews with both to follow soon!
Three PCCs across the country have already been declared: Labour have kept Northumbria and Durham, while the Conservatives have held Wiltshire. All three have seen rises in turnout compared to the 2012 election.
First preference results for Lincolnshire as a whole:
Marc Jones, Conservatives: 39,441
Victoria Ayling, UKIP: 28,583
Lucinda Preston, Labour: 25,475
Daniel Simpson, Lincolnshire Independents: 18,497
There were 2,270 rejected ballots. As no candidate reached 50% of the overall vote, Lucinda and Daniel will be eliminated and their second preference votes counted, which will begin in 10 minutes or so.
First preference results for Lincoln only:
Returning Officer Angela Andrews says the provisional figures for Lincoln are due imminently and has asked the candidates to return to the the room. We’re also expecting the county-wide results straight after.
Counters have currently gone on a 15 minute break. We’re still awaiting confirmation on whether they’ll need to go to second preferences.
It seems like the count in Lincoln is almost winding down; candidates are currently looking over the “doubtful ballots”.
The candidates for Lincolnshire are:
- Victoria Ayling (UKIP): she believes that “the police should not be politicised” and promises a “zero-tolerance [approach] to crime and anti-social behaviour” with “better use of PCSOs”.
- Lucinda Preston (Labour): currently an English teacher, Lucinda says she’s “committed to neighbourhood policing”, wants to develop “further links between schools and the police to support children in making the right choices”, and promises to “halt any further privatisation of police services”.
- Daniel Simpson (Lincolnshire Independents): he intends to “challenge the local Crown Prosecution Service over decisions that undermine the work of Lincolnshire Police”, as well as focusing on rural crime and reviewing administrative costs.
- Marc Jones (Conservative): he plans to introduce “community constables”, “better support” for victims of crime, take rural crime “seriously” and a “tough approach to street drinking, fly-tipping, litter, and excess noise”.
Police and Crime Commissioner is a relatively new election; these are only the second ones ever, the first being in 2012. Those first elections were plagued with an incredibly low turnout – just 15.28% of all those registered turned out to vote.
Good morning! Gregor Smith here. The counting of the votes began around 15 minutes ago, so while that’s going on I’ll be guiding you through the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, who the candidates are, and what the role really means.