New po­lice tsar is ap­pointed to role

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

LABOUR’S David Keane is the new Cheshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner af­ter nar­rowly pinch­ing the job from the Tory in­cum­bent.

Mr Keane achieved 84,601 votes af­ter first and sec­ond pref­er­ences were added to­gether against Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date John Dwyer’s 81,652 to­tal.

Mr Keane, a War­ring­ton coun­cil­lor, will for­mally be­gin his role to­mor­row (May 12).

He said: “I am hon­oured to have been cho­sen by the peo­ple of Cheshire to be the next Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner. I look for­ward to work­ing with the chief con­sta­ble to de­liver for the peo­ple of Cheshire to make it one of the safest ar­eas to live in the coun­try.”

Chief con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne said: “I’d like to con- grat­u­late David Keane on his elec­tion to the post of Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner. I look for­ward to get­ting to know Mr Keane, and work­ing with him to de­liver his Po­lice and Crime Plan and main­tain­ing the mo­men­tum of pre­vent­ing crime and keep­ing crim­i­nals on the back foot.”

Twenty-one per­cent of vot­ers turned out in Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Ch­ester, but 33pc turned out in War­ring­ton and 27pc in Hal­ton. The over all turn out was 186,853. Los­ing Tory can­di­date John Dwyer, who had been the county’s first ever PCC when elected in 2012, thanked his cam­paign team and his fam­ily for their sup­port.

He said: “Sadly the elec­torate didn’t see it quite the way we did. We re­spect the elec­torate’s view and I con­grat­u­late David on his suc­cess.”

The Ukip and Lib Dem can­di­dates were elim­i­nated af­ter the first round with the sec­ond pref­er­ences of the elec­tors who voted for them re­dis­tributed be­tween the two re­main­ing can­di­dates.

Ukip can­di­date Jonathan Starkey paid trib­ute to the work of Mr Dwyer but said he was con­fi­dent Mr Keane would ‘push things for­ward’.

Lib Dem can­di­date Neil Lewis was not down­hearted based on the vot­ing re­turns. He said: “In a stack of ten there would be one first pref­er­ence vote for the Lib­eral Demo­crat and up to seven sec­ond pref­er­ences. What that tells me is pos­si­bly half the peo­ple in Cheshire voted for a Lib­eral Demo­crat.”

●● Chief con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne with the new Cheshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner David Keane

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