Labour emphatically hold on to Merseyside PCC role

Labour’s Emily Spurrell has comfortably won a second term as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Mrs Spurrell celebrated the “huge privilege” as it was confirmed she would serve another four years as the official charged with scrutinising Merseyside Police. She won 152,640 votes – a majority of 61%, up 3% from 2021.

The former deputy PCC came out on top against Bob Teesdale for the Conservatives with 35,221 votes. Amanda Onwuemene came third for the Green Party securing 31,330 votes while fellow Wirral councillor Chris Carubia was fourth for the Liberal Democrats with 28,093 votes.

Cllr Carubia’s last place finish marked a difficult day for his party, with the Liberal Democrats placing fourth in the Metro Mayor vote earlier in the afternoon. There had been hopes from some party sources they could beat the Conservatives to second place.

Addressing party activists and supporters after her victory was confirmed, Mrs Spurrell – who is only the second person to ever hold the role – said it was a “huge privilege to do this role” but acknowledged there was still work to do to inform the community of what it entailed.

Turnout for the ballot was under 24%, down on 30% in 2021. Merseyside Police chief constable Serena Kennedy was among the interested onlookers at the count at Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree this afternoon.

In her victory speech, Mrs Spurrell, who served as deputy to previous commissioner Jane Kennedy before taking up the post, said it had not all been easy across the region but “challenging times” had been when communities had come together. She said this was what made Merseyside “so special”.

Turning her focus nationally, Mrs Spurrell echoed the calls from senior Labour politicians for a general election “sooner rather than later” and warned that “simply turning on the taps won’t fix cuts by successive Tory governments.” The PCC said the elections results had sent a “clear message” that people were “fed up with the Tories and want them out”.

The Labour candidate also paid tribute to the “hardworking” officers and staff at Merseyside Police and said she “positively believes this role can make a difference” and help create a “safer and stronger Merseyside”.

Emily said, “I’m so proud and honoured that the public of Merseyside have once again chosen me to serve as their Police and Crime Commissioner with such a large majority.

“When I was first elected three years ago, I promised to stand up for our region and demand more for local people.

“Today’s result is a huge endorsement from the people of Merseyside of the work which has already been delivered and shows they back my plan to continue this work during the next four years.

“I want to reiterate that promise today. I’m determined to continue the work I’ve started – ridding the streets of the serious violence and organised crime that blights our neighbourhoods, investing in our communities and working to prevent crime by creating vital opportunities for young people.

“I will make road safety a key priority to reduce the needless deaths and injuries that occur every year on our roads, and, through my scrutiny programme, I will see that Merseyside Police continues to deliver the best possible service to the people of our brilliant region.

“Together, we can continue to build a safer, stronger Merseyside.”

PCCs are appointed to act as a visible and accountable elected official working on behalf of the public on policing and community safety issues.

Their roles include appointing the Chief Constable, holding them to account on police performance on behalf of local people, setting the local police and crime priorities, and setting the police budget.

Jane Kennedy was first’s Police and Crime Commissioner, serving two terms in office between November 2012 until May 2021. Emily Spurrell first took up the position in May 2021.

Full result for the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner election:
Emily Elizabeth Spurrell (Labour and Co-Operative) – 152,640
Christopher David Carubia (Lib Dems) – 28,093
Amanda Onwuemene (Green Party) – 31,330
Bob Teesdale (Conservative) – 35,221

In Wirral 59,842 votes were cast:
Emily Elizabeth Spurrell (Labour and Co-Operative) – 31,038
Christopher David Carubia (Lib Dems) – 9239
Amanda Onwuemene (Green Party) – 8272
Bob Teesdale (Conservative) – 11,293

Image: Emily Spurrell, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Credit: David Humphreys

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