MacTaggart blasts government for low voter turnout in Slough Police Commissioner election
From the Slough Observer:
SLOUGH’S low voter turn-out in the police and crime commissioner elections was the fault of the Government, says the town’s MP.
Slough recorded the lowest voter turnout in the region in the first Thames Valley police and crime commissioner elections, with records showing only 10.9% of residents in the town voted in the election held on Thursday.
This compares unfavourably to the Thames Valley regional average of 13.4% and a national average of 14.9%.
Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart believes the low turnout was due to the failure of the Conservative policy to capture the public’s attention.
Ms Mactaggart said: “The lack of interest in voting in these elections was a reflection of the failure of this flagship Conservative policy to impress people in our town.”
A Slough Borough Council spokeswoman said: “It was a national election that we merely administered.”
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead recorded a turnout of 13.5%.
Conservative candidate Anthony Stansfeld won the election, beating Labour candidate Tim Starkey by 94,238 votes to 70,403. The pair went head-to-head in a second round of counting after no single candidate gained more than 50% in the first round of counting.
Mr Stansfeld will take up the role in May and his responsibilities will include setting the force’s budget of around £400m and hiring and firing the chief constable.
Independent candidate Geoff Howard finished third, with Lib Dem John Howson fourth, UKIP’s Barry Cooper fifth and independent Patience Tayo Awe sixth.