Just 16% vote as Wiltshire elects first police and crime commissioner
Wiltshire elected the country's first police and crime commissioner today but less than 16 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote.
Tory Angus Macpherson beat Labour candidate Clare Moody after a second round of voting.
Magistrate Mr Macpherson polled 35,319 votes to Ms Moody's 21,157 votes.
But just 81,477 votes were cast out from the 520,000 people registered to vote - a turnout of 15.8 per cent.
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Mr Macpherson, who has serviced as a councillor, received the backing of just seven per cent of the people eligible to vote.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said: "It would have been better that more people voted.
"There are several reasons why people didn't come out to vote - they didn't understand what the job is. They didn't know who the candidates were and couldn't make a judgment.
"And then, depressingly, there were a lot of people while we were out on the street saying 'I don't (vote) for anything'."
Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: "I wish to congratulate Angus Macpherson as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon. Wiltshire Police is an excellent Force with dedicated and hard-working officers and staff and a good history of performance showing a reduction in overall crime over the last five years.
"The aim for Wiltshire Police remains one of reducing crime and anti social behaviour and keeping it one of the safest counties in the country.
"I look forward to working alongside Angus Macpherson, when he takes up office on Thursday 22 November, to shape a programme of work to help enable him to deliver his manifesto and priorities, as we continue to protect the public of Wiltshire and Swindon."
Wiltshire was the first force area to elect a new police and crime commissioner after being the only county to carry out its count overnight.
The result was declared at around 4.45am today.
Counting took place at Devizes Leisure Centre, Trowbridge Civic Centre, the Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury, the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham and at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon where the result was declared.
Angus Macpherson (Con) 35,319 (after second round)
Claire Moody (Lab) 21,157 (after second round)
Colin Skelton (Ind) 11,146
Paul Batcheltor (Lib Dem) 10,130
John Short (UK Ind) 7,250
Liam Silcocks (Ind) 5,212