Conservative Party candidate Angus Macpherson has been chosen as Wiltshire’s first police and crime commissioner (PCC) in the first result declared in the early hours of Friday 16 November, the first PCC to be named in the elections that took place across England and Wales.
He beat Labour’s Clare Moody after second preference votes were counted as neither managed to get 50% of votes.
Only 81,477 ballots were cast out of 520,000 registered voters – less than 16%.
Mr Macpherson received 28,558 (36%) of first round votes while Ms Moody received 16,198.
When second preference votes were counted, he was elected with a total of 35,319 votes, compared with Ms Moody’s 21,157 votes.
Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty made the follow statement after the election: “I wish to congratulate Angus Macpherson as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon. Wiltshire Police is an excellent Force with dedicated and hard-working officers and staff and a good history of performance showing a reduction in overall crime over the last five years*.
“The aim for Wiltshire Police remains one of reducing crime and anti social behaviour and keeping it one of the safest counties in the country.
“I look forward to working alongside Angus Macpherson, when he takes up office on Thursday 22 November, to shape a programme of work to help enable him to deliver his manifesto and priorities, as we continue to protect the public of Wiltshire and Swindon.”
(*year to date)
See a BBC video of Mr Macpherson talking about his victory
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The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election results in Wiltshire:
- Angus Stuart Macpherson, Conservative – 35,319 votes (after two stages)
- Claire Moody, Labour – 21,157 votes (after two stages)
- Colin Skelton – Independent – 11,146 votes
- Paul Batcheltor, Liberal Democrats – 10,130 votes
- John Short, UK Independent Party – 7, 250 votes
- Liam Bruce Silcocks – Independent – 5, 212 votes
There were a total of 2,683 rejected votes