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Michael victorious in close contest

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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LABOUR'S Alun Michael won the race to be South Wales Police commissioner, beating off a strong challenge from independent candidate Mike Bake.

The former Cardiff MP narrowly failed to get a majority of first choices in the ballot, polling 66,879 votes to former policeman Mr Baker's 46,262.

The remaining two candidates — Caroline Jones for the Tories and independent Tony Verderame — were then eliminated and the second preferences of people who had voted for them redistributed to the top two.

Combining the first and second preferences, Mr Michael got 72,251 votes to Mr Baker's 60,784.

Mr Michael said: "I pledge to represent the whole population of South Wales without fear or favour, or bias — to hold the police to account and to protect the police from political influence."

Mr Baker urged everyone to support the work of the new commissioner.

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  • geoboy01  |  November 17 2012, 5:30PM

    its as simple as X Y Z oh and W!

  • twinkles12  |  November 17 2012, 2:17PM

    So is this commissioner going to hold the police to account based on the needs of the public? Easier said than done. You only need to look at the comments on the other story to realise how difficult this is going to be. Mr Michael could walk down the street and get approached by Mrs X who thinks that the police should be chasing 'real' criminals like drug dealers and paedophiles. Then as he walks further along that same street Mr Michael is approached by Mr Y who's life is being made a misery by dogs fouling the pathway and not to mention the youths who shout at each other when walking past his house. Further again, Ms Z has just had a parking fine for leaving her vehicle in a dangerous position near a school crossing. "The police have nothing better to do!" she cries. Meanwhile, her neighbours Mr and Mrs W grieve at the real criminal who was speeding past the school and sadly hit their child. The public will always have their own personal needs and views on what the police should be doing and there will never be a happy medium. Sadly in the middle of all this are police officers who will be shuffled around as pawns trying to please everyone, directed by a person who really has no better idea than the police authority currently in place. Not to mention one of the first jobs of this person is to tell us we will be paying more in council tax to make up for the shortfall of spending the police are receiving. A rather convenient spin by Dr Tory and the whitehall.

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  • antyall  |  November 17 2012, 1:12PM

    Vange, A **** with a blue rossete would get in down south!

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  • Petert53  |  November 17 2012, 12:46PM

    Alun Michael - a man suited to the spitting image of John Major - a grey nonenity who tucks his shirt into his underpants. I have to admit he took a hell of a risk - he knew his Wetminster career was over, so he resigned his seat on the hope of the pay rise that came with the PCC job anice little sinecure until he retires on an enhanced pension. Is it any wonder the turnout was so low?

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  • Gwyddno  |  November 17 2012, 12:14PM

    deridu What first job? timhayes The 'Independent' candidate in North Wales beat Alan Michael's son. Although he won on an 'Independent' label, Winston Roddick is a LibDem who was publicly endorsed during the campaign by the Liberal Democrat leader in Wales, Kirsty Williams. Ms. Williams said that the LibDem Party in Wales was not putting up candidates but that she was backing Winston Roddick "because, as an independent candidate, he is free from party political pressure."

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  • bennyhill4  |  November 17 2012, 11:57AM

    deridu, as far as i am aware he does'nt have a FIRST job, if you took any notice before posting you would be aware that he resigned as an MP before these elections

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 17 2012, 11:48AM

    Fact is MR Michael won on the first round, what's all this second preferences nonsense. I thought the tories were dead against it. I wish they would make their mind up, little wonder they can't bring government spending under control. And that's on top of the £100 million they wasted on this little exercise. Just think how far that £100 million might have gone on education in Afghanistan. Just think of how many young Afghan girls could have had their lives turned around.

  • timhayes  |  November 17 2012, 11:44AM

    Strange that he vows to protect the police from political influence when he stood as a Labour candidate. Why didn't he say he was independent?

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  • Vange  |  November 17 2012, 11:41AM

    If Noddy, Big Ears, or one of the Telly Tubbies, stood for any elected post in South Wales, as long as they had Labour next to their name, they'd be voted in. Whatever people's feelings about this post are, surely it shouldn't be a party political one.

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  • deridu  |  November 17 2012, 11:30AM

    Obviously Mr Michael`s FIRST job, DOESN`T keep him busy enough to beable to do this one as well

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