Conservative councillor from St Ives elected police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire
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St Ives councillor Jason Ablewhite has been elected police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire.
Councillor Ablewhite, hitherto the leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, emerged victorious after two rounds of voting – with a 9,371-vote majority over his nearest challenger after second preference votes were taken into account.
Labour’s Dave Baigent contested the second round of voting against Conservative Cllr Ablewhite, after having polled a healthy 54,426 votes in the first round, and although he picked up more second preference votes, it wasn’t enough to close the gap on Cllr Ablewhite.
UKIP’s Nick Clarke (29,968) and Liberal Democrat Rupert Moss-Eccardt (27,884) were both eliminated after the first round of voting.
Cllr Ablewhite will follow in the footsteps of Sir Graham Bright, Cambridgeshire’s first ever police and crime commissioner, who decided not to stand for a second term.
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First preference votes:
Jason Ablewhite (Con) 63,614
- 1 Station hub will "breathe new life" into Huntingdon
- 2 See photos of the intricate final stages of the Huntingdon Viaduct removal
- 3 St Neots murder to feature in 24 Hours in Police Custody
- 4 Caravan wedged under Fens rail bridge
- 5 Gym members raise funds for children with cancer
- 6 Man, 20, rapes woman as she slept, court told
- 7 Huntingdon assistant land buyer wins graduate award from her peers
- 8 HGV crashes into car damaged in earlier incident
- 9 Take a sneaky peak inside the new Di Rita's at No2 restaurant in St Ives
- 10 Child rapist from St Ives has been jailed after abuse
Dave Baigent (Labour) 54,426
Nick Clarke (UKIP) 29,968
Rupert Moss-Eccardt (Lib Dem) 27,884
Second preference votes:
Jason Ablewhite (Con) 17,967
Dave Baigent (Lab) 18,054
Jason Ablewhite (Con) 81,851
Dave Baigent (Lab) 72,480
Cambridge City: 39.4 per cent
East Cambridgeshire: 18.14 per cent
Fenland: 18.23 per cent
Huntingdonshire: 29.35 per cent
Peterborough: 35.70 per cent
South Cambridgeshire: 34.34 per cent
Overall: 30.56 per cent