New police tsar is appointed to role
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