Landslide victory for new Cleveland PCC

Conservative candidate Steve Turner has scored a landslide victory to become the new Cleveland police and crime commissioner (PCC).

May 7, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner

The former Redcar and Cleveland borough councillor won 74,023 votes, almost double that of his nearest rival, Labour’s Matthew Storey, who got 39,467. The turnout was 33.7 per cent and Mr Turner won 54 per cent of the total valid first preference votes cast.

Independent Barrie Cooper polled 16,667 votes, while Liberal Democrat Chris Jones got 6,540.

Labour’s Barry Coppinger was the first Cleveland PCC and was elected in November 2012 and he was re-elected in 2016 with 41,337 votes, ahead of Conservative Matthew Vickers, who received 25,229.

Mr Coppinger resigned in November 2020 saying the stress of the role had been having an impact on his health.

Cleveland is the first of the 39 PCC election results to be announced.

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