7 May 2021| | 2 min read
Police and Crime Commissioner election result
Kim McGuinness was elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria today (May 7) following counts across the six regions of the force area.
At the declaration at Sunderland, the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate was declared winner for the post, which covers Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.
Ballots for the PCC election had been cast simultaneously with those in the local elections on Thursday May 6.
The turnout for the PCC election in Newcastle was 38.2% and for the force area in total was 36.9%.
First count result (Newcastle)
Duncan Carlyle Crute, Conservative Party – 15,543
Julian Richard Kilburn, Independent – 9,487
Peter James Maughan, Liberal Democrats – 10,961
Cara Kim McGuinness, Labour and Co-operative Party – 36,232
Rejected – 1,601
First count result (total)
Duncan Carlyle Crute, Conservative Party – 118543
Julian Richard Kilburn, Independent – 45567
Peter James Maughan, Liberal Democrats – 40955
Cara Kim McGuinness, Labour and Co-operative Party – 179021
Ms McGuinness was declared winner once second preference votes had been taken into account, ahead of Conservative Party candidate Duncan Crute.
In the supplementary voting system used in PCC elections, if no candidate receives at least 50% of the initial count, all but the two candidates with the highest number of votes are eliminated and second preference votes are added to their initial totals. At that point, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins.
Final result with second preference votes taken into account
Cara Kim McGuinness, Labour and Co-operative Party – 206,467
Duncan Carlyle Crute, Conservative Party - 139,875