The people of Surrey have spoken and the results are in. The votes were counted at 11 different boroughs and districts throughout Surrey and coordinated centrally. The Police Area Returning Officer, the Local Returning Officers and all the staff involved in the count did an exceptional job and the whole Robert Evans Campaign Team send them our thanks.
In Surrey as a whole the first preference result was:
Iles (Con) 34391 – 26.1%
Hurley (Ind) 34378 – 26.1%
Williams (Ind) 26292 – 20.0%
Evans (Lab) 17384 – 13.2%
Shatwell (UKIP) 10684 – 8.1%
O’Shea (LD) 8503 – 6.5%
The turnout was 15.4%
After the second preferences were added for the top two candidates:
Hurley (Ind) 52793 – 53.9%
Iles (Con) 45068 – 46.1%
So, amazingly, Kevin Hurley, the self-styled “zero tolerance” candidate was elected as Surrey’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. Commissioner-elect Hurley has our congratulations and we all wish him the best of luck for his term in office.
Surrey should have been the safest Tory police area in England and Wales but somehow they managed to lose it. It is a shocking result for the Conservative Party in Surrey and they have only themselves to blame for not taking the election seriously enough because they thought they would win without trying. They took your vote for granted.
However, the shock of the Conservatives’ defeat should not distract us from our excellent result. Winning for Labour here was always going to be a long-shot. The high number of protest votes for so-called independent candidates was a factor in this election across all police areas but Labour is very firmly the second most popular political party in Surrey. I think this is the first time we could say this since 1974.
The Liberal Democrats only fielded candidates in 24 of the 41 police areas in England and Wales. In Surrey, they barely campaigned due to lack of activists. Nick O’Shea kept his deposit by a whisker and finished below even UKIP. The PCC poll has shown beyond all doubt that Labour is now the challenger to the Conservatives in Surrey.
The next election, barring by-elections or an unexpected general election, in Surrey will be on 2 May 2013 when all of Surrey County Council will be up for election. The Tory council has cut libraries, botched road maintenance, neglected the most vulnerable and failed the people of Surrey. As the new official second placed party, Labour will be an effective opposition. A vote for the Lib Dems will be a wasted vote, if they even manage to field a candidate in your area of Surrey next May.
Labour has had a fantastic campaign team in Surrey for the PCC election. As we sign off here our sincere thanks go to everyone who leafleted, canvassed, campaigned in many ways and especially to all the voters who put their X beside Robert Evans on the ballot paper. We appreciate what you did and we won’t let you down as the main opposition party in Surrey.
See you all again next spring.