Conservative Richard Rhodes elected as Cumbria's first Police and Crime Commissioner

CONSERVATIVE candidate Richard Rhodes said he was ‘honoured’ to have been elected by the people of Cumbria as their first Police and Crime Commissioner.

The retired Headteacher was up against Labour’s Patrick Leonard in the second round of the ballot after they both came top out of the four candidates.

In the first round Mr Rhodes scored highest with 18,080 votes and Mr Leonard, who gained 15,301, just pipped Independent candidate Mary Robinson who got 15,245 votes.

Liberal Democrat candidate Pru Jupe came fourth with 13,625 votes, but she said she was happy that she had done so well in South Lakeland.

In the final count Mr Rhodes beat his Labour counterpart by 25,408 votes to 20,317.

In his victory speech he thanked all those who had helped him win the role.
He said: “The people of Cumbria have bequeathed upon me a huge honour which I gladly accept, and I aspire to live up to their full expectations.

“I would like to thank the number of people I have had working on my team and particularly the amount of young people.

“I would also like to thank members of the constabulary for looking after us and looking after this process.”

He said his first priority would be to address the saga surrounding Cumbria's suspended temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde.

An IPCC investigation has already cleared Mr Hyde of allegations of serious misconduct but Cumbria Police Authority - today replaced by Mr Rhodes - said his suspension would continue while it completed its own inquiries.

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Mr Rhodes added: "My second priority is to consult regularly with the public and the third is to get across to victims that they will receive adequate redress for any criminal activity they have suffered."

Acting temporary chief constable of Cumbria Police, Bernard Lawson, congratulated Mr Rhodes, who will take up his role from next Thursday, November 22.

He said: "I welcome Mr Rhodes as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria and look forward to working with him.
 

“As we continue to work within an ever changing police force, community policing is our priority. Our focus will continue to remain on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, bringing offenders to justice and dealing with those issues that matter most to our communities.
“Cumbria has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and our priority will be to maintain this and continue to ensure that Cumbria remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”

South Lakeland has recorded the highest voter turnout in the countywide election.

However, the figure is still low compared to those who could have voted.
A total of 19,789 votes were cast in South Lakeland out of a possible electorate of 83,221.

It represented a turnout of 23.78 per cent.

It is likely to be among the highest voter turn outs in England and Wales, which has seen record lows reported.

Barrow recorded the lowest turnout in Cumbria with just 4,464 votes out of a possible 53,358 eligible to vote.

In Eden, 7,472 votes were cast from a possible 41,587, which means 17.97 per cent of those eligible to vote did so.

Cumbria-wide a total of 64,268 voted from a possible 392,285 possible voters, which is 16.38 per cent.

And there were 8,535 rejected ballot papers in both counts.
 

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1:02pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Lakeuk says...

Wonder if the spoilt vote count was above normal, know of a few who did spoilt vote, many who didn't vote. Other areas have reports 3% spoilt vote which if matches here would be around 2000 votes
Wonder if the spoilt vote count was above normal, know of a few who did spoilt vote, many who didn't vote. Other areas have reports 3% spoilt vote which if matches here would be around 2000 votes Lakeuk

2:39pm Fri 16 Nov 12

TomHarvey says...

Lakeuk wrote:
Wonder if the spoilt vote count was above normal, know of a few who did spoilt vote, many who didn't vote. Other areas have reports 3% spoilt vote which if matches here would be around 2000 votes
Generally the UK has about 1% spoilt papers. Other countries (Australia) are around 5%, so 3% is significantly more than usual. Its a real shame that what will be a really genuinely accountable position has been somewhat marginalised for now through a November election forced on us now by the Lib Dems (for it was they who forced it to be held now, even though it is a Tory policy for PCCs) instead of waiting for May
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Wonder if the spoilt vote count was above normal, know of a few who did spoilt vote, many who didn't vote. Other areas have reports 3% spoilt vote which if matches here would be around 2000 votes[/p][/quote]Generally the UK has about 1% spoilt papers. Other countries (Australia) are around 5%, so 3% is significantly more than usual. Its a real shame that what will be a really genuinely accountable position has been somewhat marginalised for now through a November election forced on us now by the Lib Dems (for it was they who forced it to be held now, even though it is a Tory policy for PCCs) instead of waiting for May TomHarvey

2:46pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Guanajuato says...

"It shows that people in South Lakeland are interested in politics."
That's exactly WHY many people I've spoken to haven't voted. Running the police should (actually MUST) not be about party politics.
"It shows that people in South Lakeland are interested in politics." That's exactly WHY many people I've spoken to haven't voted. Running the police should (actually MUST) not be about party politics. Guanajuato

3:50pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Adam_Kendal says...

Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too.

It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote.
Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too. It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote. Adam_Kendal

3:52pm Fri 16 Nov 12

onelocal says...

Glad to see the Independent candidate polled more than the LibDem after they politicized the campaign. What with their posters in every garden and the arrogance which was creeping in. Back in October, the candidate was tweeting that she was "so excited about becoming PCC and how confident she was that the electorate will be extremely pleased". Forgot there was an election to win.
Cracks in the LibDem party machine? Too close to the ruling party at SLDC?
Glad to see the Independent candidate polled more than the LibDem after they politicized the campaign. What with their posters in every garden and the arrogance which was creeping in. Back in October, the candidate was tweeting that she was "so excited about becoming PCC and how confident she was that the electorate will be extremely pleased". Forgot there was an election to win. Cracks in the LibDem party machine? Too close to the ruling party at SLDC? onelocal

3:56pm Fri 16 Nov 12

onelocal says...

Adam_Kendal wrote:
Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too.

It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote.
2014 votes spoiled
[quote][p][bold]Adam_Kendal[/bold] wrote: Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too. It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote.[/p][/quote]2014 votes spoiled onelocal

3:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

fellsman says...

I understand that all the Libs, including Farron, except for one lady, left the count as soon as their candidate was kicked out - didn't have the grace or manners to stay on and congratulate the winning candidate - I also understand that the Independent Candidate, who beat the Libs has had the grace to stay to the end
I understand that all the Libs, including Farron, except for one lady, left the count as soon as their candidate was kicked out - didn't have the grace or manners to stay on and congratulate the winning candidate - I also understand that the Independent Candidate, who beat the Libs has had the grace to stay to the end fellsman

4:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

fellsman says...

Congratulations to Richard Rhodes who will be non political - his manifesto was his and his alone, he came to the Conservatives with his ideas and he was adopted - the Conservatives had no input at all into his manifesto, simply felt that he was the best person to support. Cumbria has got someone with a vast amount of experience in the Criminal Justice world and will do a good job for the people of Cumbria in holding the police to account
Congratulations to Richard Rhodes who will be non political - his manifesto was his and his alone, he came to the Conservatives with his ideas and he was adopted - the Conservatives had no input at all into his manifesto, simply felt that he was the best person to support. Cumbria has got someone with a vast amount of experience in the Criminal Justice world and will do a good job for the people of Cumbria in holding the police to account fellsman

4:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

TomHarvey says...

Farron Quote on Twitter:
"Congratulations to Richard Rhodes, Cumbria’s new Police Commissioner – and to Pru Jupe who won 60% of Westmorland votes."

-- or as its also known, just 20% of the County wide vote
Farron Quote on Twitter: "Congratulations to Richard Rhodes, Cumbria’s new Police Commissioner – and to Pru Jupe who won 60% of Westmorland votes." -- or as its also known, just 20% of the County wide vote TomHarvey

5:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

onelocal says...

onelocal wrote:
Adam_Kendal wrote:
Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too.

It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote.
2014 votes spoiled
Of course the 8535 rejected ballots mentioned includes those voting papers with no second vote.
[quote][p][bold]onelocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adam_Kendal[/bold] wrote: Gazette: Please could you include the number of spoilt votes too. It would be interesting to learn the how may opposed the vote.[/p][/quote]2014 votes spoiled[/p][/quote]Of course the 8535 rejected ballots mentioned includes those voting papers with no second vote. onelocal

7:12pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Kendmoor says...

But you don't have to put a second vote...your single vote in the left column is still counted - so why include them in the rejected ballots?
But you don't have to put a second vote...your single vote in the left column is still counted - so why include them in the rejected ballots? Kendmoor

7:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Kendmoor says...

(i'm saying that because I only voted in the left hand column without choosing a second option)
(i'm saying that because I only voted in the left hand column without choosing a second option) Kendmoor

12:12am Sat 17 Nov 12

Ben Berry says...

See the results being called here:

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=QXCV5f3qy
q0
See the results being called here: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=QXCV5f3qy q0 Ben Berry

7:27am Sat 17 Nov 12

Rowland Frost says...

Kendmoor wrote:
(i'm saying that because I only voted in the left hand column without choosing a second option)
If your 'single' vote went to the one of the top two in the first round, it is counted.

If your 'single' vote went to one of the first round losers, then it has no option available for the second round, and is therefore rejected.

In this case, 6381 votes were rejected (at the second round) because they had gone to a first round loser and didn't have a second round preference.
[quote][p][bold]Kendmoor[/bold] wrote: (i'm saying that because I only voted in the left hand column without choosing a second option)[/p][/quote]If your 'single' vote went to the one of the top two in the first round, it is counted. If your 'single' vote went to one of the first round losers, then it has no option available for the second round, and is therefore rejected. In this case, 6381 votes were rejected (at the second round) because they had gone to a first round loser and didn't have a second round preference. Rowland Frost

9:58am Sat 17 Nov 12

Kendmoor says...

Fair enough, I voted for Rhodes anyway!
Fair enough, I voted for Rhodes anyway! Kendmoor

10:02am Sat 17 Nov 12

Kendal Jock says...

onelocal wrote:
Glad to see the Independent candidate polled more than the LibDem after they politicized the campaign. What with their posters in every garden and the arrogance which was creeping in. Back in October, the candidate was tweeting that she was "so excited about becoming PCC and how confident she was that the electorate will be extremely pleased". Forgot there was an election to win.
Cracks in the LibDem party machine? Too close to the ruling party at SLDC?
Agree with your post! Pru Jupe, having tweeted, "it should be non-political" did just that, made it so. Then she made untrue remarks/assumptions about Tory candidate Richard Rhodes. Lib-Dems always fight dirty and slang other parties or Independants. I'm glad she came last.
[quote][p][bold]onelocal[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the Independent candidate polled more than the LibDem after they politicized the campaign. What with their posters in every garden and the arrogance which was creeping in. Back in October, the candidate was tweeting that she was "so excited about becoming PCC and how confident she was that the electorate will be extremely pleased". Forgot there was an election to win. Cracks in the LibDem party machine? Too close to the ruling party at SLDC?[/p][/quote]Agree with your post! Pru Jupe, having tweeted, "it should be non-political" did just that, made it so. Then she made untrue remarks/assumptions about Tory candidate Richard Rhodes. Lib-Dems always fight dirty and slang other parties or Independants. I'm glad she came last. Kendal Jock

10:07am Sat 17 Nov 12

Kendal Jock says...

fellsman wrote:
I understand that all the Libs, including Farron, except for one lady, left the count as soon as their candidate was kicked out - didn't have the grace or manners to stay on and congratulate the winning candidate - I also understand that the Independent Candidate, who beat the Libs has had the grace to stay to the end
No surprise there then!!!
Bad losers, dirty fighters.
[quote][p][bold]fellsman[/bold] wrote: I understand that all the Libs, including Farron, except for one lady, left the count as soon as their candidate was kicked out - didn't have the grace or manners to stay on and congratulate the winning candidate - I also understand that the Independent Candidate, who beat the Libs has had the grace to stay to the end[/p][/quote]No surprise there then!!! Bad losers, dirty fighters. Kendal Jock

1:24pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jallison says...

"South Lakeland has recorded the highest voter turnout in the countywide election.

However, the figure is still low compared to those who could have voted.

A total of 19,789 votes were cast in South Lakeland out of a possible electorate of 83,221.

It represented a turnout of 23.78 per cent."

Over 75% decided not to vote, need I say more !
"South Lakeland has recorded the highest voter turnout in the countywide election. However, the figure is still low compared to those who could have voted. A total of 19,789 votes were cast in South Lakeland out of a possible electorate of 83,221. It represented a turnout of 23.78 per cent." Over 75% decided not to vote, need I say more ! jallison

6:24pm Sat 17 Nov 12

A view From Cumbria says...

Mrs Jupe's admission that she only got 350 votes in each constituency apart from W&L is astonishingly honest.

Surely she was the worst performing candidate in the whole of England.
Mrs Jupe's admission that she only got 350 votes in each constituency apart from W&L is astonishingly honest. Surely she was the worst performing candidate in the whole of England. A view From Cumbria

8:55am Sun 18 Nov 12

A view From Cumbria says...

Of course I was wrongly equating Prue's claim of 60% in W&L with 60% in South Lakeland. If 20% of SL votes were not in W&L then that takes the votes elsewhere to about 550 per constituency. That is still unlikely to be true and would mean a total vote of about 3300 if the Farron Zombie vote were excluded.
Of course I was wrongly equating Prue's claim of 60% in W&L with 60% in South Lakeland. If 20% of SL votes were not in W&L then that takes the votes elsewhere to about 550 per constituency. That is still unlikely to be true and would mean a total vote of about 3300 if the Farron Zombie vote were excluded. A view From Cumbria

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