The election held on 15th November saw Bill Longmore, Independent, elected as the first Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.

He received 71,955 votes and I was second with 54,499 votes (both totals after taking into account the second preferences of those who had voted of the Labour candidate).

It was a privilege to meet so many residents throughout West Mercia during the campaign and to visit some of the inspiring groups and projects that work tirelessly for our local community.

I would like to thank all those who voted and the hundreds of volunteers who supported my campaign.

I also wish to thank Claire Porter (the Police Area Returning Officer) and all those involved with the conduct of the election across the three counties; David Shaw (the Chief Constable), all his officers and staff and David Brierley (the Chief Executive of West Mercia Police Authority) – it cannot have been the easiest of times for any of them and their professionalism should be applauded.

Whilst obviously disappointed not to be able to serve you in the role of Police & Crime Commissioner, I offer Bill Longmore by congratulations and best wishes as he takes on the very challenging task.