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Kevin Hurley is new Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

Published on: 16 Nov, 2012
Updated on: 16 Nov, 2012

With all the votes now counted, the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey is Kevin Hurley.

The total of votes for the final two candidates for the Surrey PCC election has been declared by the Police Area Returning Officer as Kevin Hurley, total votes, 52,793. Total first preference votes, 34,378. Total second preference votes, 18,415.

Runner up Julie Iles had 45,068 total votes. Total first preference votes, 34,391. Total second preference votes, 10,677.

As there was no overall winner after all the Surrey results were in, the Police Area Returning Officer instructed all districts and boroughs to go to a second stage count.

Reflection of the day most didn’t go to the polls

It could said that dog-walkers and the duty-bound decided the outcome of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Election on Thursday, November 15, going on the turnout at a Godalming polling station.

Staff at the Holloway Hill polling station reported that the turnout had been slow. “We haven’t had people on the way to work, or ‘on spec’, it’s mainly been dog-walkers,” said one.

Voter Philip Harris said: “I always try to vote no matter how nonsensical the election. I think it’s been run okay although I’ve heard that some people think there hasn’t been enough promotion.  It’s up to people to search the information out; it’s on the web if you choose to look for it.”

“The friends I’m with have voted,” said dog-walker Charlotte Anayi, “but I haven’t which is really bad.  In fact I didn’t know this was a polling station and I’ve lived here for 3 years. I did know about the election from the media coverage but I haven’t had any leaflets.”

Local Returning Officer for Waverley, Mary Orton, who is responsible for 15 out of the 80 Waverley polling stations said: “In a general election we receive around 10,000 postal votes.  For this election it’s been around 5,000.  The office has received a lot of complaints from people who feel they don’t know enough about the candidates.

“We have no control over leafleting as the election is administered by the Home Office and they decide how it’s going to be run.”

No queues – no voters! The poling station on the Portsmouth Road, Guildford, at lunchtime on Thursday, November 15.

In Guildford, staff manning the polling station at the United Reformed Church in Portsmouth Road said that it was very quiet. “I have never known it as quiet for any other election,” said one.

By lunchtime less than 50 of the 1,600 voters, around 3%, allocated to the polling station, had voted although some may have used postal votes.

The second stage count result for the Guildford Borough Council area of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election can be found at:

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Responses to Kevin Hurley is new Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    November 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Despite the low poll this must give encouragement to independent candidates to stand for local government elections where party politics often obscures local issues.

  2. Roger Marjoribanks Reply

    November 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    But not this one, IMHO. If only Julie Iles had had the courage to stand as an independent!

    Editor: In case you haven’t worked it out, IMHO, stands for “in my humble opinion”.

  3. Dennis Paul Reply

    November 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The Commissioner election was a joke. The public voted with their feet by staying at home. Politics and Police should not mix.

  4. Grant Connell Reply

    November 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I’m always concerned when people espouse the mantra of ‘zero tolerance’. It smacks too much of a sound bite and too little of a genuinely enforcable policy given the strained resources of our Police. What’s more concerning is that this appears to have been the most appealing platform to the electorate.

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