Officials counting the cost after police election

Officials counting the cost after police election

Officials counting the cost after police election

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OFFICIALS have been counting the cost following the election of new West Midlands Police and Crime Commisioner David Jamieson.

Just over 10 per cent of the electorate bothered to turn out and vote last Thursday (August 21) amidst heavy criticism over both the timing and the amount of money it involved.

In total, 205,456 people voted out of a possible electorate of nearly two million, with Labour candidate Mr Jamieson obtaining over 50 per cent of the votes cast.

He totalled 102,561 beating Stourbridge based Conservative candidate Les Jones, the former Dudley borough council leader into second spot with 54,091 while UKIP's Keith Rowe came third on 32,187.

Mr Jamieson now replaces the previous PCC Bob Jones in his £100,000 a year post, the election being triggered by Mr Jones's sudden death last month.

Figures suggest staging the election could well have cost within the region of £3.7million - which equates to 158 bobbies on the beat.

Critics have already pointed to the poor turn out and Dudley borough deputy council leader Pete Lowe said: "While I'm encouraged by the result, the real loser was democracy.

"While I'm sure David Jamieson will make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner, I question the value for money.

"The PCC election works out to have cost around £20 per voter.

"The low turnout of just ten per cent just shows that people are turning off in their droves.

"The election of PCC's is not the way forward. What we really need is a democratic process which make the police accountable!

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8:21am Fri 29 Aug 14

johnsoj2 says...

The sad fact is, most people can't be bothered because once in power, the elected do as they please and seem intent on lining their own pockets. The rest of us are just struggling to provide for our families. Nothing changes.
The sad fact is, most people can't be bothered because once in power, the elected do as they please and seem intent on lining their own pockets. The rest of us are just struggling to provide for our families. Nothing changes. johnsoj2
  • Score: 1

9:25am Fri 29 Aug 14

dudley old boy says...

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10:37am Fri 29 Aug 14

imgoingbarmy says...

It's sad that there was such a poor turnout but maybe this is a reflection of many people feeling disillusioned with the whole electoral system. Certainly an independent moderator over the police force is a good idea, but surely it could be done in a simpler, more cost effective manner?

And Dudley Old Boy - I thought they were already back in action, many having been re-positioned and not as obvious to see. Wait until they start using ANPR to check your Road Fund Licence!
It's sad that there was such a poor turnout but maybe this is a reflection of many people feeling disillusioned with the whole electoral system. Certainly an independent moderator over the police force is a good idea, but surely it could be done in a simpler, more cost effective manner? And Dudley Old Boy - I thought they were already back in action, many having been re-positioned and not as obvious to see. Wait until they start using ANPR to check your Road Fund Licence! imgoingbarmy
  • Score: 1

11:57am Sat 30 Aug 14

Phil W Cooper says...

"The real loser was democracy" is this Labour fool joking ?
There can be no cost limit applied to democracy

While we consider those that died in WW1 & 2 fighting to preserve the democracy he hides and cowers inside, how can this clown question the value of a persons freedom to vote to not vote ? he simply don't get it.

Young men paid the ultimate price for his "democracy" its a most distasteful press release.

Perhaps "he" would would like to appoint a commissioner
Just like Soviet Russia did, after all the only people allowed to vote were party officers and then there was only "one" candidate on the ballot paper to vote for.

Yes Vote Labour and
The beatings and poverty will continue till morale improves
"The real loser was democracy" is this Labour fool joking ? There can be no cost limit applied to democracy While we consider those that died in WW1 & 2 fighting to preserve the democracy he hides and cowers inside, how can this clown question the value of a persons freedom to vote to not vote ? he simply don't get it. Young men paid the ultimate price for his "democracy" its a most distasteful press release. Perhaps "he" would would like to appoint a commissioner Just like Soviet Russia did, after all the only people allowed to vote were party officers and then there was only "one" candidate on the ballot paper to vote for. Yes Vote Labour and The beatings and poverty will continue till morale improves Phil W Cooper
  • Score: 2

2:43pm Sat 30 Aug 14

GlendaE says...

If Labour voters realised the consequences of their actions there would be no Labour voters.
Labour is a Toxic party, which, every time it has been in government, has reduced the country to total chaos

A quick look at Rotherham shows how low Labour have become
Lets see Mr Lowe or Mr Jamieson or Mr Watson denounce whats happening in the Labour party calling for resignations or will they stay silent, hiding under a black country flag

Disgusting Absolutely Disgusting
If Labour voters realised the consequences of their actions there would be no Labour voters. Labour is a Toxic party, which, every time it has been in government, has reduced the country to total chaos A quick look at Rotherham shows how low Labour have become Lets see Mr Lowe or Mr Jamieson or Mr Watson denounce whats happening in the Labour party calling for resignations or will they stay silent, hiding under a black country flag Disgusting Absolutely Disgusting GlendaE
  • Score: 8

10:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

viktoria says...

Look this is not a vote for a Member of Parliament, a Euro M.P., not even for a local Councillor. It's a vote for, basically, a civil servant. What does it have to do with politics? What does any does any political affiliation have to do with the Police and Crime Commissioner? It's is spurious political influence for no good reason.
Look this is not a vote for a Member of Parliament, a Euro M.P., not even for a local Councillor. It's a vote for, basically, a civil servant. What does it have to do with politics? What does any does any political affiliation have to do with the Police and Crime Commissioner? It's is spurious political influence for no good reason. viktoria
  • Score: 0
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