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
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 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.