FORMER police chief and Tory candidate John Dwyer has been elected as Cheshire’s Police Commissioner beating Labour’s John Stockton after the second vote..
The crime commissioner vote went through to a second preference between Tory candidate John Dwyer (pictured right) and Labour’s John Stockton (left).
The second preferences votes came into play after Liberal Democrat’s Ainsley Arnold, UKIP’s Louise Bours and independent Sarah Flannery bowed out of the election race.
In Warrington the turn out was just 13.33 per cent with just 14.08 per cent for the whole of Cheshire.
Mr Dwyer retired 11 years ago as Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, after a 30-year career in the police.
Since retirement he has run several of his own businesses including a corporate security consultancy and investigation company.
He was a councillor on Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council before its move into the Cheshire East authority.
He produced a six-point manifesto, including increasing the number of special constables, cutting bureaucracy and zero tolerance for “yobbish behaviour”.
He won with 48,591 initial and secondary votes compared to Labour’s John Stockon who had a combined total of 37,350.
A total of 2,415 votes were rejected either from incorrect voting or the ballot paper being spoiled.
John Dwyer (Con) 40,122 8,469 48,591 (e)
John Stockton (Lab) 30,974 6,376 37,350
Sarah Flannery (Ind) 18,596
Ainsley Arnold (LD) 10,653
Louise Bours (UKIP) 8,557