Labour's Keith Hunter is new crime commissioner

Labour's Keith Hunter has been elected as Humberside Police's new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 6:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th May 2016, 4:00 pm
Labour's Keith Hunter is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside police area

Mr Hunter, a former superintendent, pipped incumbent Tory Matthew Grove to the post with an overall majority of 24,353.

Labour supporters had heralded Mr Hunter's victory well before the results of a second preference count were revealed.

In total, Labour totaled 76,128 votes and the Tories fell behind at 51,775.

Addressing supporters and opponents at Bridlington Spa, where the count took place, Mr hunter said: "I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and I realise they were not all Labour supporters.

"I realise I have won, because people are worried about policing and they want to see some changes.

"Of course this election follows closely with the findings of the Hillsborough Inquest.

"Tragic events, such as Hillsborough, should give serious pause for thought.

"But I don't believe people should use such events, from 26 years ago, in another police force area, to imply that all police officers are somehow forever tainted and obviously biased simply because they are police officers.

"I have stood up to bullying and arbitrary use of power all my adult life. I promise I will continue to do so - no matter where it occurs. That's where my values lie.

"I'm a Labour candidate because my values are those of the party's. I believe in fairness and equality and that we all achieve more if we work together."

UKIP's candidate, Michael Whitehead, came in at third place while the Liberal Democrats' Denis Healy was last and both were ousted after the first round of counting.

Disappointingly, voter turnout increased only marginally to 22.84 per cent, from 19.15 in the 2012 election.