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Poor Turnout at the PCC Elections
The government's being criticised over the elections for Police Commissioners in England and Wales.
David Cameron's insisted that Police Commissioners do have a mandate despite what's expected to be the lowest voter turnout in peacetime history. Estimates suggest only 18 per cent of people voted. Labour has described the elections as a "shambles."
Official West Midlands figures showed turnout was 12.8% in Birmingham and 12.5% in both Walsall and Solihull, while just 12.1% of voters bothered to cast their ballots in Sandwell. In Coventry just 10.54% voted while in Warwickshire 15.7 percent of people turned out to vote.
Click on the links below to find out about more about the Police and Crime Commissioner elected in your area:
West Midlands Police force area:
- Bob Jones, Labour
- Ron Ball, Independent
- Bill Longmore, Independent
- Matthew Ellis, Conservative
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