The results of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections have now been announced. Here are the results for the first choice votes:
As expected the first two places were taken by Conservative Graham Bright and Labour’s Ed Murphy. The UKIP candidate, Paul Bullen, also put in a strong showing, as did Indepdendent candidate Ansar Ali – though it’s hard to tell how much of this was due to his campaign, and how much to being the first-named Independent on the ballot paper. Liberal Democrat Rupert Moss-Eccardt will probably be disappointed to have finished only fifth with 8.5% of the vote.
The election was held using the Supplementary Vote system, which means that as no-one got 50% of the vote, the top two candidates went through to a second round, with the second choice votes of all the other candidates counted. However, most of these second-choice votes did not go to either of the top two candidates:
Roughly equal numbers of votes were transferred to each candidate, meaning that Graham Bright was elected for the Conservatives:
The first-round results were announced for each district, allowing us to compare how each one voted:
It’s clear from this chart that Cambridge (and to a lesser extent Peterborough) votes differently from the rest of the county. It’s also clear that this was a particularly bad result for Liberal Democrats in Cambridge, who are hoping to defend seats on the city and county council, and Julian Huppert’s seat at Westminster, over the next few years. They only just finished in second place, slightly ahead of the Conservatives, and some distance behind Labour. However, given the very low turnout, perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into the results of these elections.