Darlington MP condemns "dreadfully low" PCC election turnout

JUST 14.3 per cent of Darlington residents took to the polls for County Durham and Darlington’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The town's MP Jenny Chapman condemned the elections, saying she had never known such a low turnout.

“The whole experience has been a shambles,” she said. “What is extraordinary is the low turnout. It was dreadful; I have never known an election with such a low turnout.

“Even when we have local elections it’s never been this bad.”

The new PCC for County Durham and Darlington, Ron Hogg, won the first round of voting in Darlington, taking 4,724 votes out of the 11,186 cast overall.

Independent candidate Kingsley Smith took 3,252 votes, while Conservative, Nick Varley, came third with 1,853 and UKIP’s Michael Costello took 1,357.

The official count said 225 votes were confirmed as spoiled.

Mrs Chapman said: “The Home Office has gone to enormous expense to stage an election that nobody was convinced was going to work at a very weird time of the year.

“They could have spent more time promoting the elections and held them at the next local elections in May next year.

“Part of the job of a successful candidate is to convince voters that they have chosen the right person. It will be an incredibly tough job but whenever something goes wrong in Darlington, we now know exactly who to go to.”

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9:36pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

The turnout was low because voters are sick of going to the trouble of voting for people who make little difference and repeatedly let them down.

I can't see how it is an incredible tough job. You draw up a list of things you want doing and what your priorities are and delegate the task of doing it to someone else. If he doesn't do it you sack him.

Or if you want an easy life you go around quoting dodgy statistics and telling people how things are improving when in reality they are sliding downhill rapidly.

You might get voted out at the end of it but at least you have accumulated a nice little nestegg from your high salary and generous expenses
The turnout was low because voters are sick of going to the trouble of voting for people who make little difference and repeatedly let them down. I can't see how it is an incredible tough job. You draw up a list of things you want doing and what your priorities are and delegate the task of doing it to someone else. If he doesn't do it you sack him. Or if you want an easy life you go around quoting dodgy statistics and telling people how things are improving when in reality they are sliding downhill rapidly. You might get voted out at the end of it but at least you have accumulated a nice little nestegg from your high salary and generous expenses Homshaw1
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8:16am Sat 17 Nov 12

Hunty1 says...

Holmshaw1 you're so right!

But at least the Independant didn't get in!
Holmshaw1 you're so right! But at least the Independant didn't get in! Hunty1
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3:40pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Jaga says...

The only election communication I received was from the Labour candidate. Undoubtedly paid for the the Labour Party. If I can't make a reasoned judgement, I won't vote - especially for a biased Labour Party. All papers should have a box labelled, "None of the above liars".
The only election communication I received was from the Labour candidate. Undoubtedly paid for the the Labour Party. If I can't make a reasoned judgement, I won't vote - especially for a biased Labour Party. All papers should have a box labelled, "None of the above liars". Jaga
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