South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael wants freemasons in public bodies to declare their membership openly

Newly re-elected South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael

Alun Michael – the incumbent Labour South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner – has been re-elected to serve for a further four years.

Commissioner Michael, who lives in Penarth and is the former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth,  was first elected as South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012.

This time there was a much higher turn out – 44.7% – for the election, boosted by the fact that it was held on the same day as the Thursday’s Welsh Assembly elections . The count for all four Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales was delayed until today.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Alun Michael . He failed to win the required overall majority of over  50% of first preference votes.  As in 2012, more than half those who voted didn’t want him to have the job. At this stage the independent candidate Mike Baker along with Plaid Candidate Linette Purcell and Lib Dem candidate Judith Woodman were knocked out

Eliminated in the first round - Linette Purcell, Mike Baker and Judith Woodman

Eliminated in the first round – Linette Purcell, Mike Baker and Judith Woodman

The First Round result was :-

  • Mike Baker (Independent) 67,454
  • Timothy Davies (Welsh Conservative) 70,799
  • Alun Michael (Labour ) 161,529
  • Linet Purcel (Plaid Cymru) 70,770
  • Judith Woodman (Lib Dem) 24,438

In the second count it was straight shoot-out between Alun Michael (Labour) and his Conservative opponent  Timothy Davies (Welsh Conservatives) with this time second preference votes taken into consideration .

The two candidates left in thering were Timothy Davies (Conservative and Alun Michael (Labour)

The two candidates left in the ring were Timothy Davies (Conservative and Alun Michael (Labour)

The Second Round result was :-

  • Timothy Davies (Conservative)  96,060
  • Alun Michael (Labour)  204,874 

Alun Michael was duly elected as South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.

Returning officers have reported that across the whole of Wales 20,893 spoilt or blank ballot papers were submitted.

Mr Michael says . “The number of spoilt ballots is not the issue. It’s the fact that people feel they have not had enough information about this election”. He says “It’s a disgrace that the Home Secretary will not back down and allow a free postal communication from candidates.” Many people Penarth said they had not received  literature about the election.

In the other elections:-

  • There is a new Police and  Crime Commissioner in Dyfed Powys where David Llewelyn (Plaid Cymru)  beat the incumbent Conservative commissioner Christopher Salmon
  • In Gwent a new Labour  Police and Crime Commissioner –  Jeff Cuthbert – has been elected – replacing his independent peredecessor Ian Johnston who did not seek re-election.


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  1. Christopher David says:

    I’m lost for words. There was an independent ex policeman / barrister on offer and this is what we get. That quote “the great flaw in democracy is the majority are always wrong” proven correct once again. A political appointee. A police commissioner who had to pay back expenses. Well you get what you deserve.

  2. Peter Church says:

    I think this is what we call the “South Wales donkey vote”
    I votes labour see, cause me da voted labour.
    Bad luck to Mike Baker, top tip join the labour party if you want power in these lands.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      agree with you-I did a youth work course many years ago and Michael was one of the tutors (all we knew he was in “education”-not sure as what)-On one occasion we split into groups and had to discuss whether private firms could run youth clubs and Leisure Centres-he and his henchmen wondered around chastising groups who thought they could-like something from North Korea!-since then he has been part of the local Labour Establishment,expressing concerns about deprived communities in Butetown,Llanrumney and Ely whilst living in a nice little pile in Penarth. He tried and failed to hang on the the “First Minister ” job but now has a lucrative little empire as “Crime commissioner”.Labour will always “run” Wales but I think it is unlikely that we will see another Labour P.M

  3. Lindsay says:

    Pretty conclusive then

  4. AK says:

    What does a Police and Crime Commissioner do ?

  5. Alan Thompson says:

    Appoints 3 Deputy Commissioners !

  6. Alan says:

    Appoint 3 Deputy Commissioners !

  7. hopenotnasty says:

    Results for England and Wales were as follows in the forty contested PCC areas. Conservatives 20, Labour 15, Plaid 2, independents 3. Independents can win as they did in 2012 on a very low turnout. This time much higher turnout which resulted in many being swept away. History clearly tells us you can win once as independent but twice normally party machines kick in and revert mostly to the political majority of the area.

    Labour policy is to make PCC’s redundant. The old system was cheaper.

  8. Ian Perry says:

    After the second round of counting, Alun Michael had 52% of the vote – despite receiving 108,814 more votes than Timothy Davies in second place – that’s more than twice the number of votes.

    What happened to all the other second votes? This politicising of the police appears to be divisive, with 48% of those voting voting for “anyone other than Alun Michael”?

    Perhaps we need to have a Police Commissioner who attracts the support of 65% of the voting electorate? Wouldn’t this be an improvement in our democracy?

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