SY Police and Crime Commissioner

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The current Police and Crime Commissioner for our area is Dr Alan R Billings. This page was created in 2016. As of June 2016, Dr B had not yet signed the Ethical Checklist for newly elected PCCs, to agree to adhere to the seven Nolan Principles which are applicable to everyone at every level of public life.

2016 PCC Election
The South Yorks PCC area lies within the administrative boundaries of these authorities:

The 2016 election took place on Thursday 7th May 2016, the same day as BMBC Wards.
The Candidates for South Yorkshire:

2016 Statements (pdf) of candidates, in one document. Also see Choose my PCC.

Election Results
For the South Yorkshire region.
The most recent election was held on Thursday 7th May 2016:

South Yorkshire PCC Party 2012 Spend % 2014 by % 2016 %
Alan R Billings - '14, '16 Labour Party -     74,060 50.02 144,978 51.94
Shaun Wright - '12   ,,   ,, 74,615 £20,578 51.35 -      
Gavin P Felton - '16 UK Ind P'ty           57,062 20.44
Jack Clarkson - '14   ,,   ,, -     46,883 31.66    
Jonathan Arnott - '12   ,,   ,, 16,773 £1,148 11.54 -      
Ian G Walker - '14, '16 Conservative P'ty       18,536 12.52 29,904 10.71
Nigel Bonson - '12   ,,   ,, 21,075 £519 14.51 -      
Joe Otten - '16 Liberal Democrats -         28,060 10.05
Rob Teal - '12   ,,   ,, 10,223 £2,821 7.04 -      
David S Allen - '14, '16 Eng. Democrats 22,608 £425 15.56 8,583 5.8 19,144 6.86
Winning Party:   Labour            
Electorate   1,000,015            
Turnout       15.53   14.88    
Rejected First Count Votes   3,995 Calc'd   0.4 2,299      
Totals: 'First Valid' votes total 145,294   14.53 148,062      
  All ballot papers 149,289   14.93 150,406   279,148  

See the Electoral Commission Report on the May 2016 Local and PCC Elections (pdf), dated October 2016, linked from the Electoral Report page.
PCC Outline

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011
A law was passed in Sept 2011 under the Coalition Government of the Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties and required a Police and Crime Commissioner to be established in each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales (outside London). The PCC role was intended to replace the existing cross-party Police Committees and would attract a salary of around £65,000 to £100,000 per annum in 2012.

The first PCC elections were held on Thursday 15th November 2012. The 'Supplementary Voting' system was chosen, largely at the request of the Lib-Dems. As a new system, there was general confusion about the role (and its necessity) and the unfamiliar voting system.

The 'Supplementary Voting' System for PCC Elections

Stage 1
The first preference votes are counted. If a candidate receives more than 50% of first preference votes, then he or she is elected and the result is declared. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, then the two highest-voted candidates go forward to stage 2.

Stage 2
The second preference votes are then checked for the eliminated candidate(s). Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are added to the votes they received in stage 1. The candidate with the highest number of votes after adding together the results from stages 1 and 2 is elected, and the result declared.

The South Yorkshire PCC area boundary was defined by the administrative regions of these four SY authorities:
Barnsley Council, Doncaster Council, Rotherham Council and Sheffield City Council.

Election Notes
See the BMBC Results page for the most recent results.

2016 Notes
See the Choose my PCC site.

2014 Notes:
The 2014 by-election was called after Shaun Wright resigned as the South Yorkshire PCC.
PCC Election day was Thursday 30th October 2014.
80% of votes cast was postal votes.
The figure of 150,406 votes cast above was from BBC Local Politics show, Sunday 2nd November 2014.
Given the low turnout, the cost per voter was about £11.04 or around £1.61 per member of the public.

2014 Candidates:

In the Barnsley Area:
Total Ballot Papers Used: 21,801
Rejected Ballot Papers: 355 (of which, voted for more than one first preference: 189)
Valid First preference Votes: 21,446

2012 Notes:
The 2012 details above were from the BBC and The Guardian (of which both agreed).
All candidates in our area were sponsored by political parties but there was a significant number of independent candidates nationally.
Each candidate's political sponsors paid £5,000 deposit plus election expenses.
The 2012 election cost was given as £100m nationally, which commentators said was equivalent to 3,000 constables.
National turnout was between 12% and 20%; a record low for any British election since WWII.
The media reported general confusion about the purpose and scope of the PCCs.
Votes were cast using the 'Supplementary Voting' System, which many participants thought to be confusing.

2012 Rejected Votes shown above were not disclosed in official figures but are my own calculation, subtracting 'valid votes' from 'all ballot papers' - but this figure should be taken with caution. There were unusual factors in this election which might have influenced the Rejected Votes figure. These might be:

See also: 'First Police Commissioners Chosen amid Turnout Concerns' - BBC Article

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