04:40AM, Friday 16 November 2012
Conservative candidate Anthony Stansfeld has been elected the first police and crime commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley.
Stansfeld had gone head-to-head with Labour candidate Tim Starkey on a second count after no one candidate polled 50 per cent of the vote in the first round.
He achieved a clear winning margin on the second count, when the second choice votes of everyone whose first choice had been eliminated were counted and any votes for the remaining candidates were added to their first round totals.
Stansfeld added 18,227 votes to the 76,011 recorded on the first count to gain a total of 94,238 votes
Starkey took 56,631 votes through to the second count, adding an extra 13,772 votes to achieve a total of 70,403 votes.
After the result was announced, Stansfeld tweeted: "Thank you so much for everyone who took the opportunity to vote for me, I feel honoured to have been elected the first PCC for Thames Valley."
Provisional turnout for the Thames Valley area was 13.3 per cent.
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