Election results for PCC

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Gareth Derrick narrowly lost the election as Police & Crime Commissioner. He was just 2,835 votes behind after first preference votes were counted, which was a margin of less than 1% of the 295,000 votes cast.

The final result, after second preferences were counted, was:

Alison Hernandez (Con) 91,036
Gareth Derrick (Lab) 87,242

The winning margin was 3,794 votes.

Gareth Derrick had a clear lead in Exeter at over 46% and Plymouth at over 34%. You can see the full breakdown here. He won with significant margins, 6,000+ in Exeter and 4,000 in Plymouth. Labour teams campaigned for both the City Council and PCC elections, which paid off. The teams across both City's delivered votes to Gareth in spades and demonstrated the strength of the Labour vote there.

Turnout was 22.6% and in Plymouth and Exeter was slightly below the level of turnout for the City Council elections that were held simultaneously - but at 30-35% there was a large Labour vote from the excellent City Council results that also voted for Gareth and gave him a huge boost. From what we've seen the same occurred in the Avon & Somerset PCC vote with the Bristol Mayoral election.

Gareth came a very close second to the Conservative in Cornwall. We found throughout the short campaign that Cornwall is very, very far from a two horse Conservative/Lib Dem race and that vote confirmed it. It was really encouraging to see Gareth beat both the Lib Dems and UKIP by wide margins in Cornwall. The Lib Dem was actually close to coming last in Cornwall and was sandwiched by the two independents.

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