Independent wins police commissioner election
Independent candidate Ann Barnes romped home to defeat the Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay by a margin of 65% to 35%. Voters appeared to be impressed by her track record as a former head of the Kent Police Authority, that she had fought a positive campaign, and the fact that she was independent of party politics. The real winner was apathy though with a turnout in Kent of only 16.3%.
Hartley's vote would have been part of the Sevenoaks vote, where even here the Conservatives did not win. First preference results here were Independent (Barnes) 5,665, Conservative 4,778, Labour 1,163, UKIP 1,025, Eng Dem 702, Ind (Llyanage) 452. In the second round the result was Ind (Barnes) 6,704, Conservative 5,390.
Nationally the supplemental vote system produced some different results than First Past the Post would have done. As a result Labour lost Humberside and the Conservatives Hampshire.
Posted on 16 Nov 2012 by administrator