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Martyn Underhill wins Dorset PCC election

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • Martyn Underhill has become the first ever Dorset PCC

  • Votes were counted at The Lighthouse, Poole (Photo: Poole Borough Council)

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Martyn Underhill has won the first ever Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The independent candidate won after two rounds of voting - after leading with 44 per cent after the first round.

The Supplementary Vote system meant the winner needed at least half of the votes cast to be declared the winner.

The former policeman campaigned to keep politics out of policing.

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Labour's Rachel Rogers and Liberal Democrat Andrew Canning were eliminated after the first round of the count at The Lighthouse, Poole.

Underhill comfortably beat Conservative candidate Nick King in the second round with over 50,000 votes.

The turnout in Dorset was a poor 16.8 per cent. 6,027 people decided to spoil their ballots.

The low turnout is a blow to the Government, after the coalition introduced the policy.

Conservative Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns said: "I suspect we will live to regret creating these Police Commissioners. I regret voting for the Bill."

Results after first round of voting

Martyn Underhill - 43,425

Nick King - 31,165

Rachel Rogers - 11,596

Andrew Canning - 9,963

Results after second round of voting

Martyn Underhill - 51,930

Nick King - 34,451

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