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Government responsible for feeble mandates
Posted by 17th November 2012
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17
Nov 2012

We’ve had the lowest turnout in British history,  but what does that mean for mandates?

 

We’ve crunched the numbers and  just 1 Police and Crime Commissioner has a mandate delivered by more than 1 in 10 potential voters.

 

 

It’s clear our new Commissioners worked hard getting elected under incredibly difficult circumstances, and the Government did them no favours. These feeble mandates were guaranteed from day one, and the 41 winners will have to find a way of living with them.

 

The Government must now accept its share of responsibility. The stated intention of this policy was to reconnect the public and the police, and that objective has simply not been met.

 

Mandate Highlights

 

  • Avon and Somerset’s Sue Mountstevens (Ind.) only PCC with a mandate from more than 1 in 10 potential voters(10.1% eligible voters backed the candidate)
  • The lowest mandate belongs to Essex’s Nick Alston (Con.) with a mandate of less than 1 in 20 voters (4.7% eligible voters backed the candidate) 
  Winning Party Turnout Mandate Winner
Essex Con

13.06%

4.7%

Nick Alston
Devon and Cornwall Con

15.14%

5%

Tony Hogg
Cambridgeshire Con

14.77%

5.3%

Sir Graham Bright
Hampshire Ind

14.60%

5.5%

Simon Hayes
Thames Valley Con

12.88%

5.5%

Anthony Stansfeld
West Midlands Lab

12.00%

5.9%

Bob Jones
Humberside Con

19.15%

6.0%

Matthew Grove
Norfolk Ind

14.51%

6.0%

Stephen Bett
Staffordshire Con

11.63%

6.0%

Matthew Ellis
Cheshire Con

13.74%

6.1%

John Dwyer
Surrey Other

15.36%

6.2%

Kevin Hurley
Cumbria Con

15.63%

6.4%

Richard Rhodes
Sussex Con

15.82%

6.5%

Katy Bourne
Suffolk Con

15.41%

6.7%

Tim Passmore
North Wales Ind

14.83%

6.8%

Winston Roddick
South Wales Lab

15.19%

6.8%

Alun Michael
Wiltshire Con

15.83%

6.9%

Angus Macpherson
Greater Manchester Lab

13.59%

7.0%

Tony Lloyd
Merseyside Lab

12.90%

7.0%

Jane Kennedy
Gwent Ind

14.00%

7.0%

Ian Johnston
Lancashire Lab

15.05%

7.1%

Clive Grunshaw
West Yorkshire Lab

13.34%

7.1%

Mark Burns-Williamson
Lincolnshire Ind

15.28%

7.2%

Alan Hardwick
Derbyshire Lab

14.35%

7.3%

Alan Charles
Durham Lab

14.40%

7.4%

Ron Hogg
Gloucestershire Ind

15.96%

7.4%

Martin Surl
Cleveland Lab

14.73%

7.5%

Barry Coppinger
South Yorkshire Lab

14.50%

7.5%

Shaun Wright
North Yorkshire Con

13.30%

7.7%

Julia Mulligan
Bedfordshire Lab

17.75%

7.8%

Olly Martins
Hertfordshire Con

14.10%

7.8%

David Lloyd
West Mercia Ind

14.50%

7.8%

Bill Longmore
Northamptonshire Con

19.50%

7.9%

Adam Simmonds
Warwickshire Ind

15.23%

7.9%

Ron Ball
Nottinghamshire Lab

16.42%

8.1%

Paddy Tipping
Leicestershire Con

16.36%

8.3%

Sir Clive Loader
Dyfed-Powys Con

16.40%

8.3%

Christopher Salmon
Dorset Ind

16.30%

8.8%

Martyn Underhill
Kent Ind

15.99%

8.9%

Ann Barnes
Northumbria Lab

16.45%

9.2%

Vera Baird
Avon & Somerset Ind

18.77%

10.1%

Sue Mountstevens

 

 

 

 
Comments

2 Responses to Government responsible for feeble mandates

    keithunder
    18 Nov 2012
    9:16pm

    The poor SV voting system must contribute to this as well. Both in terms of who comes first and second but also contributing to who won! You have to make a guess as to who comes in first or second, or risk wasting your vote. In Humberside for example the winner got only 31.52% of the total valid vote! The conservative was only 633 votes ahead of the 3rd candidate an independent with 40000 votes for the other candidates combined. It is ridiculous that you are only limited to 2 preferences, which is fine if there are 3 candidates, but not otherwise!

    Peter Morley
    18 Nov 2012
    10:49pm

    The continued growth of SV shows the contortions the Govt has to go through to avoid the problems of FPTP (which they clearly recognise) without admitting the use of numbers with preferential voting, There is widespread recognition that not only can the wrong two be carried forward for the run-off but the voters even have to guess who they might be. How transparent is that?
    Peter Morley