Labour candidate eliminated in Police and Crime Commissioner vote

Simon Murphy - favourite with Worcester voters - has been eliminated in the West Mercia PCC election.

Simon Murphy - favourite with Worcester voters - has been eliminated in the West Mercia PCC election.

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LABOUR candidate Simon Murphy has been eliminated after the first round of counting in the election of West Mercia's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Dr Murphy, who earlier emerged as the most popular choice with voters in Worcester, polled 25.7 per cent of the initial vote.

Independent Bill Longmore , with 37.8 per cent of the vote and Conservative candidate Adrian Blackshaw, with 36.5 per cent, go through to the second round.

Under the supplementary voting system Dr Murphy’s voters’ second choices are now being taken into account.

Turnout across the West Mercia force area was 14.54 per cent, marginally higher than Worcester’s 14.38 per cent.

The new commissioner will be responsible for setting West Mercia Police's budget, policing priorities and hiring or firing the chief constable, although the force will retain operational independence so decisions about investigations cannot be influenced by politics.

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4:18pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DarrenM says...

I'm not in favour of any of the three, but wasn't there a referendum on this scam AV voting system a while ago where we all rejected it? so why is it being used here?
I'm not in favour of any of the three, but wasn't there a referendum on this scam AV voting system a while ago where we all rejected it? so why is it being used here? DarrenM
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4:43pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Keith B says...

In Hampshire the man who won, has now lost!!!!!!!
In Hampshire the man who won, has now lost!!!!!!! Keith B
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4:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Keith B says...

we had a poor selection of candidates but if Longmore wins, write off West Mercia as an effective police force.
we had a poor selection of candidates but if Longmore wins, write off West Mercia as an effective police force. Keith B
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5:04pm Fri 16 Nov 12

farmeralan1963 says...

2 politicians and one ex-Police officer who will look after his own and ensure jobs for the boys.

Who will Bill Longmore become accountable to when things get even worse?
2 politicians and one ex-Police officer who will look after his own and ensure jobs for the boys. Who will Bill Longmore become accountable to when things get even worse? farmeralan1963
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5:08pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Keith B says...

You - the voter but only in three and a half years time.

He hasn't won yet (at the time of writing)
You - the voter but only in three and a half years time. He hasn't won yet (at the time of writing) Keith B
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5:50pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DarrenM says...

Keith B wrote:
we had a poor selection of candidates but if Longmore wins, write off West Mercia as an effective police force.
I think that had already happened even before they started talking about these PCC's!
[quote][p][bold]Keith B[/bold] wrote: we had a poor selection of candidates but if Longmore wins, write off West Mercia as an effective police force.[/p][/quote]I think that had already happened even before they started talking about these PCC's! DarrenM
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9:16pm Fri 16 Nov 12

TrudiLM says...

Dr Murphy's put a leaflet through my door yesterday telling us, to quote 'You do NOT have to use your second vote'. As he also offered to pick people up and drive them to the polling station, most of his voters probably listened to him.
Dr Murphy's put a leaflet through my door yesterday telling us, to quote 'You do NOT have to use your second vote'. As he also offered to pick people up and drive them to the polling station, most of his voters probably listened to him. TrudiLM
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9:07am Mon 19 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

I am with Keith B on this, my research was that Mr Murphy was the only one who had a grip on this, we got the wrong man but good luck to him he will need it.
I am with Keith B on this, my research was that Mr Murphy was the only one who had a grip on this, we got the wrong man but good luck to him he will need it. mayall8808
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