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Independent Sue Mountstevens wins PCC race


Sue acceptance speech at UWE

It was a case of Independents' Day as Sue Mounstevens was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Avon and Somerset area.

A short time after independent candidate George Ferguson became Bristol's first elected Mayor, Sue won the vote to become the first PCC.

The turn-out for the vote was 19.59%, which was one of the highest of any of the 41 PCC elections taking place today.

A delighted Ms Mounstevens said: "Only I have the experience, the commitment and the freedom to deliver the right policing for the residents of Avon and Somerset.

“As your Independent Commissioner I will protect residents and police from political interference. I will reduce crime so you can be safe and feel safe in your community. 

"I will be your voice. I will work with the police for better policing. I will make police officers and PCSO’s more visible in your neighbourhoods. 

"I will be a fierce advocate on behalf of victims and I will ensure that offenders are dealt with robustly through the criminal justice system and I never forget that it is your money.

"I will ensure that every pound is spent efficiently, effectively and wisely.”

She said her three main priorities were anti-social behavior, violent crime, particularly against women and girls, and to listen, “especially to the quiet people.”

Four candidates contested the first count, in which Ms Mounstevens won 83,985 votes. She and Conservative candidate Ken Maddock, who won 57,094 votes, went through to the second count.

John Savage (Labour) won 49,989 votes and Pete Levy won 43,446 votes.

In the second count, Ms Mounstevens had 41,719 votes, giving her a grand total of 125,704 and Mr Maddock had 10,748 votes, giving him a total of 67,842.

Ms Mounstevens who is married with three children, lives in North Somerset

She served on Avon and Somerset Police Authority between 2010 and 2012 and was a magistrate for 15 years.

Between 2003 and 2012 she was owner of Mounstevens Coaching Associates and was director of Mountstevens Bakeries for 20 years until 1998.

Posted on Friday 16th November 2012
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