Results Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Election

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Conservative Katy Bourne has been re-elected as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Ms Bourne will serve in the role for a third time, after being elected in 2012 and 2016.

Since no candidates received more than half the first preference votes, it went to a run-off between the top two candidates Katy Bourne and Labour’s Paul Richards. In total, Katy Bourne received 244,810 votes, while Paul Richard received 128,259 votes.

Katy Bourne reelected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner May 2021
Katy Bourne giving her acceptance speak at the Brighton Hotel Metropole

I’m really delighted and honoured to be re-elected by the people of Sussex and to represent them.

We will continue with the work we have already been doing to recruit more police officers, because that’s what local people want, to continue developing our rural crime team, to continue developing our business crime team as well.

And I would also very much like to say a huge thank you to returning officer Geoff Raw and his amazing team of staff who you can hear downstairs packing away. It has been a very, very long day for all of them so a big thank you for all you have done for this.

And also a huge thank you to my team. I would not be able to be here without them.

I’m looking forward to getting back to work first thing tomorrow to deliver for the people of Sussex.

And finally, just to say a big thank you to all my competitors as well, particularly to Paul who is the Labour candidate who has put up a great fight and it’s been an absolute pleasure to share the journey of the campaign with. Thank you very much everybody.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Although voting took place on Thursday alongside the local council elections, counting didn’t start until this morning with the results being announced at about 4.30pm this afternoon.

Counts took place across Sussex, with the 13 local authorities in East and West Sussex counting votes in their area. Votes from the Wealden district were counted at the East Sussex National, near Uckfield. The process was coordinated by Brighton & Hove City Council. Their Chief Executive, the Police Area Returning Officer, made the declaration at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. This declaration was live-streamed on YouTube.

The election was originally due to take place in May 2020, but was postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the third set of election for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner across England and Wales. Katy Bourne has won on all three occasions in Sussex.

She will serve for a period of three years (as opposed to the normal four-year term).

The election saw a rise in turnout to 36%.

Supplementary Vote

Police and Crime Commissioner elections are unusual in that they use the Supplementary Vote system, rather than the first-past-the-post that is used for local authority elections and parliamentary elections.

In the Supplementary Vote system, voters can choose their first and second choice.

If a candidate received more than half (50%) of the first preference votes they are elected.

However, if no candidate reaches the 50% threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes continue to a run-off. All other candidates are eliminated.

The second preference of the eliminated candidates are counted. Any made for the two remaining candidates are transferred. The candidate with the most votes at the end of this process is elected.

A full breakdown of results is given below:

Candidate1st PrefShare (1st Pref)2nd PrefTotal
Jamie Bennett (Lib Dem)63,27114%
Kahina Bouhassane (Green)60,78113%
Katy Bourne (Conservative) ELECTED214,52347%30,287244,810
Paul Richards (Labour)84,73619%43,523128,259
Roy Williams (Independent)30,4087%

Rejected ballots – 11,331.

Role of the Police & Crime Commissioner

The Police & Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing. This includes setting and updating a Police and Crime Plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable.

These arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable. As such the Chief Constable of Sussex Police is accountable to the Commissioner, and the Commissioner is accountable to the electorate.

Police and Crime Commissioners also have a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives including restorative justice and crime reduction grants.

Last Election in 2016

In 2016, Katy Bourne was re-elected for a second term. On that occasion the turnout was 23%. The election went to second preferences with Katy Bourne running against Labour’s candidate Michael Jones. The total number of valid votes for the two candidates who went through to the second round were 139,335 and 86,392 respectively. Click to download a full breakdown of the results in 2016.

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