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First Police and Crime Commissioner elected

Published date: 16 November 2012 |
Published by: Rachel Roberts
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Winston Roddick 

THE FIRST Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales has been elected.

Winston Roddick, Independent candidate, barrister and former senior legal adviser to the assembly, was elected at a count at Deeside College on Friday with a final count of 35,688 votes.

In his election statement, he said: “I will put the needs of the ratepayers at the top of my priorities and work with the Chief Constable, officers and staff to ensure the best possible service. I will reach out and work across North Wales to ensure that the service develops partnerships both inside and outside the criminal justice system.”

Mr Roddick, who grew up in Caernarfon, served as a beat officer in Liverpool before studying law in London and becoming a barrister. He was the Recorder of the Crown Court on the Chester and North Wales circuit and is about to stand down as a judge. He was Wales’s first Counsel General and helped write the first Welsh Language Act. Hobbies include fishing and walking.

Mr Roddick said he believes the most pressing concern for the public is security at home and in public places. He emphasises the need for a visible police presence on the street and opposes closures of police stations in villages and towns. He opposes the idea of privatising the police force.

Speaking to the Leader late last month, he said: “We should leave police work to the men and women who are trained and experienced in the profession. They can do it. They can deliver.”

Disappointing voter turnout figures were revealed as the count got underway to determine the winning candidate.

The total votes cast from a possible 524,252 electorate across North Wales came to 79,906, meaning a turnout average of 15.2%.

ust 13.3% of the electorate voted in Flintshire, with only Wrexham showing an even lower interest in the election with a 12.2% turnout.

Conwy came in at 16%, Denbighshire votes totalled 16.7%, Gwynedd voters made up 17.7%, with Anglesey having the strongest figure at 17.8% of the votes.

The campaign has been plagued by concerns from potential voters about the lack of information available on the candidates. Voter apathy has also been a concern for the election since its inception, and today's figures seem to confirm it. Downing street has also blamed ‘poor media coverage’ for the low turnout.

Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said: “The low turnout at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is a concern for everyone who cares about democracy.

“These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of year, which is why we have made clear at every stage that it would be important to engage effectively with voters.

“The Government took a number of decisions about how to run these elections that we did not agree with. But what is important now is that the right lessons are learnt: we will talk to voters, candidates and Returning Officers to understand what worked and what didn’t. The Commission is going to undertake a thorough review, and we will present our findings to Parliament in early 2013,” she added.


 

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  1. Posted by: cynprifathro at 00:38 on 17 November 2012 Report

    Government money wasted on these elections would have been put to better use by funding more officers to meet 'the need for a visible police presence on the street' and also prevent closures of police stations. Nice little earner for those elected like Roddick! Glad to see that John Prescott failed in his bid to join this elite club!

  2. Posted by: alidyl73 at 08:55 on 17 November 2012 Report

    ' Former senior legal adviser to the assembly,' says it all! Already had his snout in the Assembly trough, and will now receive an obscene amount of money that comes with this joke of a Post. Nothing will change, crime will still rise, and we the taxpayers, will continue to get a very poor standard of Policing from NWP.

  3. Posted by: cooperman at 11:28 on 17 November 2012 Report

    Many voters wanted politics to remain out of the Police Commissioners role, and hey Mr Roddick is actually a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, he has duped many people and should stand down, how can we put our faith insomeone who chooses to lie from the off to the voters.

  4. Posted by: daave63 at 21:15 on 18 November 2012 Report

    Children in Need raised a fantastic £27 million on the night. Wrexham Council need to cut £30 over five years. The Police and Crime Commissioner elections cost an estimated £100 million. I'm no expert but can that be right?

  5. Posted by: alidyl73 at 18:30 on 19 November 2012 Report

    Lib dem/Independent whichever it is, itstarted out with a lie it does not inspire confidence nd it will be downhill all the way, he will do nothing for the people. Another very expensive drain on public resorces.

  6. Posted by: Y Ffin at 20:14 on 19 November 2012 Report

    It is good news that the first PCC for North Wales is someone who has some actual professional experience and understanding of the criminal justice system. Police authorities were invisible, unaccountable and undemocratic and failed to hold Chief Constables to account for some of their bizarre priorities. Let's see what Winston Roddick is able to do over the next four years before passing judgment.

  7. Posted by: EricJones at 14:53 on 21 November 2012 Report

    We were misled. Winston Roddick "forgot" to tell us he is a Liberal Democrat. Of course he would nevber have been elected if we had known of his party affiliation.

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