Labour's Tony Lloyd becomes Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner
3:50pm Friday 16th November 2012 in Local
Labour's Tony Lloyd has become Greater Manchester's first police and crime commissioner.
He is elected as the first police and crime commissioner with 51.23 per cent of the vote.
The turnout figure for Greater Manchester was just 13.93% and the total votes cast were 278,974,
Mr Lloyd will earn up to £100,000 in the role. He will control police budgets, set priorities and have the power to hire and fire chief constables, replacing the police authority.
He said: "I want to thank all the people in Manchester who took part in the election".
He called the low turnout for the ballot "an affront to the proper function of our democracy".
But he added: "It doesn't take away the mandate of the PCC, because that is earned not only in an election [but] by working with the public on every day between now and the end of this term of office, but it is something that we need to look at."
Greater Manchester Police serves more than 2.6 million people over an area of 500 square miles.
- Tony Lloyd, Labour: 51.23%
- Michael Winstanley, Conservative: 15.6%
- Matt Gallagher, Lib Dem:14.8%
- Roy Warren, Independent: 9.8%
- Steven Woolfe, UKIP: 8.5%.