Yorkshire Police Commissioners

Humberside Police Commissioner
2012 Result
John Prescott (Labour) 33282 24.9%
Matthew Grove (Conservative) 29440 22%
Paul Davison (Independent) 28807 21.5%
Godfrey Bloom (UKIP) 21484 16.1%
Simone Butterworth (Liberal Democrat) 11655 8.7%
Walter Sweeney (Independent) 5118 3.8%
Neil Eyre (Independent) 3976 3%
MAJORITY 3842 2.9%
Matthew Grove (Conservative) 42164 51.4%
John Prescott (Labour) 39933 48.6%
MAJORITY 2231 2.7%
Matthew Grove (Conservative) Businessman. East Riding of Yorkshire councillor since 2007
John Prescott (Labour) Born 1938, Prestatyn. Educated at Grange Secondary Modern and Hull University. Former Merchant Navy steward. Contested Southport 1966. MP for Hull East 1970-2010. Member of the European Parliament 1975-1979. Deputy leader of the Labour party 1994-2007. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and Regions 1997-2001, Deputy Prime Minister 1997-2007. Created Baron Prescott 2010.
Simone Butterworth (Liberal Democrat) Hull councillor 1994-1995 and since 1998. Former leader of Hull council. Contested Hull North 2001, Normanton 2005.
Godfrey Bloom (UKIP) Born 1949, London. Former head of research for an investment company. MEP for Yorkshire and Humberside since 2004.
Neil Eyre (Independent) Project manager and telecommunications engineer. Former serviceman.
Walter Sweeney (Independent) born 1949. Educated at Lawrence Sheriff School and Cambridge and Hull Universities. Solicitor. Bedfordshire county councillor 1981-1989. Contested Machester Stretford 1983. Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan 1992-1997. Contested Haltemprice and Howden 2008 by-election as Independent.
Paul Davison (Independent) Educated at South Holderness Secondary and Bradford University. Retired Chief Superintendent

North Yorkshire Police Commissioner
2012 Result
Julia Mulligan (Conservative) 47885 58.2%
Ruth Potter (Labour) 34328 41.8%
MAJORITY 13557 16.5%
Julia Mulligan (Conservative) born 1968, Bradford. Runs a marketing agency in Leeds. Craven councillor 2006-2010.
Ruth Potter (Labour) Manager of a transport organisation. York councillor since 2000

South Yorkshire Police Commissioner
2012 Result
Shaun Wright (Labour) 74615 51.4%
David Allen (English Democrat) 22608 15.6%
Nigel Bonson (Conservative) 21075 14.5%
Jonathan Arnott (UKIP) 16773 11.5%
Robert Teal (Liberal Democrat) 10223 7%
MAJORITY 52007 35.8%
Nigel Bonson (Conservative) Retired police Chief Inspector. Contested Sheffield South East 2010.
Shaun Wright (Labour) Local government officer. Rotherham councillor since 2000.
Robert Teal (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Sheffield Polytechnic. Businessman
Jonathan Arnott (UKIP) Born 1981, Sheffield. Educated at Sheffield University. Former maths teacher. Contested Sheffield Attercliffe 2005, Sheffield South East 2010. Contested Yorkshire region 2004, 2009 European elections.
David Allen (English Democrat) Born Doncaster. Former sales manager.

West Yorkshire Police Commissioner
2012 Result
Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour) 102817 47.9%
Cedric Christie (Independent) 49299 23%
Geraldine Carter (Conservative) 45365 21.1%
Andrew Marchington (Liberal Democrat) 17247 8%
MAJORITY 53518 24.9%
Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour) 114736 61.5%
Cedric Christie (Independent) 71876 38.5%
MAJORITY 42860 23%
Geraldine Carter (Conservative) Born Bridlington. Calderdale councillor since 1998.
Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour) Educated at Bradford University. Wakefield councillor. Former Chair of West Yorkshire Police Authority. Awarded the OBE for services to the community and policing in 2012.
Andrew Marchington (Liberal Democrat) Kirklees councillor
Cedric Christie (Independent) Retired Detective Inspector.
Comments - 167 Responses on “Yorkshire PCCs”
  1. Indeed Andy.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I think a lot of us were guilty of naivety in suggesting UKIP were favourites to win this. In the context (certainly in my case) of thinking UKIP would win right up until finding out that they hadn’t, this is undoubtedly a fantastic result for Labour, and UKIP will be disappointed.

    Worth noting that however irrelevant the Lib Dems now are here – they would surely have come last if they had bothered, and would probably have remained last if the Greens also bothered – had either stood they would undoubtedly have forced a runoff.

    Also, while I’m not for a second suggesting that a change to postal voting rules would have changed the ultimate outcome, if the early figures the BBC are reporting from Doncaster are representative (3.5% of the electorate went to the ballot box turnout, 11.7% voted postally), then it’s conceivable that UKIP got more on the day votes. Even if all of those capable of voting on the day would have done so without a postal vote, if those figures don’t show just how little people care about the idea of electing a PCC then I don’t know what will.

  2. Some people, maybe in UKIP, forgot about the fact that Sheffield has a massive population compared to the other three boroughs and that most of the LD vote in Sheffield is of a left-wing variety which was probably going to vote Labour in this election.

  3. I must admit, the pessimist in me thought UKIP had this sewn up. I voted Labour purely to try and stop them from winning. It seems quite a few others have done the same.

  4. ukip didn’t get anywhere near. not even close. their reach in the north has been hyped as usual by a right wing press desperate for anything which will give the miliband haters some good cheer. now the snp are being hyped in this context…

  5. I would dispute that most Lib Dems in Sheffield are left wing (at least current Lib Dems) but they are certainly anti-UKIP, more so than anti-Labour.

    I too was thinking that UKIP might win, with Labour possibly scraping over the line by a few hundred on second preferences. This has been very unexpected indeed.

    The 65% Labour share in Hallam is interesting – I would have expected a more even split between them and the Tories with UKIP third. Apparently they got over 70% in Crookes, a ward where they came last with 4.5% in 2008. I must admit I don’t know the source for these figures beyond people quoting them, though.

    Now obviously that doesn’t translate to GE for very obvious reasons (turnout, circumstances, no LD candidate) but it perhaps demonstrates there are plenty of people there who are not totally averse to voting Labour and could perhaps put Clegg under some pressure.

    However, as I said on Facebook earlier: Sheffield Hallam is possibly only rivalled by Sheffield Central as an anti-UKIP seat in South Yorkshire. Between them the Lib Dems, Labour, Greens and H.Hemmelig-style Tories probably amount to 85% of the vote.

  6. I agree with Andy. Sheffield is a different beast to the other three S Yorks boroughs. Larger Lib Dem vote, students, more artsy-musician types and visible ethnic minority population have kept it fairly to the left.

  7. …And perhaps UKIP won’t do as spectacularly well as expected in May 2015 in some of these South Yorkshire constituencies (Rotherham should be their best performance) and as Peter Crawford notes, could be media hype more than anything.

  8. If they couldn’t win Rotherham under these extremely favourable circumstances I fail to see how they can unseat Sarah Champion in May.

  9. let’s be frank. Nobody expected labour to win this as easily as they appear to have done. Absolutely nobody at all suggested that labour would win without any tranfer of votes, basically just after one round.

    I know it’s a small turnout, but the idea that UKIP were going to take a few northern seats off labour is fanciful. The hard core left labour vote in these parts see ukip as the enemy, and labour cleverly exploit that. i actually think it helps ukip to be defined as the anti-labour party up there.

    I expect that hype about the Scots nats will die down, when it is realised that there aren’t that many seats, maybe 5 or 6 tops, which they ll take off labour.

  10. Disappointed that we did not find out how the 2nd preferences would have worked out.

  11. I blame that entirely on Mrnameless! πŸ˜›

  12. Peter C – the media simply report the surge in UKIP, SNP and Green membership and poll ratings and contrast that with the dire ratings of the 3 main Parties and their Leaders’.

  13. It seems that UKIP is cementing the position of being second to Labour in safe Labour northern areas. However they seem to be some way from winning any seats in northern England.

  14. The position of UKIP is perhaps being hyped, but the SNP is rather different. Reliable current polling shows them likely to win hatfuls of seats from Labour & they have also proved they can beat Labour Scotland-wide in a high-turnout election twice. Labour have to take them very seriously indeed, although it is quite likely that the outcome Peter describes will be nearer, in the end, to what happens that what the polls currently say.

  15. the funny thing about the scots nats thing, is that if someone says labour will take 10 seats off the lib dems, they can rattle off the names of these seats easily. not that they are buttoned down gains, but everyone knows which seats are vulnerable…if someone says labour will gain 30 off the tories, we all know what these seats are…..

    BUT when people say the SNP will gain 10 seats off labour, nobody seems to be able to say which these seats are.

  16. “I must admit, the pessimist in me thought UKIP had this sewn up. I voted Labour purely to try and stop them from winning. It seems quite a few others have done the same.”

    Which party do you normally support? (If you don’t mind the question).

  17. “Which party do you normally support? (If you don’t mind the question).”

    Not at all πŸ™‚

    I’m a natural Labour voter who has given up on the party completely. I’ve voted Green in the local elections a few times (they tend to win in the Central and Broomhill wards in Sheffield, so it’s far from a wasted vote) and Labour in general / European elections, but I can’t bring myself to do so at the moment. However, I was convinced UKIP were going to win this, so I held my nose and gave Labour my vote in order to try and stop them.

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