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Tony Hogg elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall

By AliceWright  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

  • Conservative PCC candidate Tony Hogg

  • Votes are counted at Carn Brea

  • Independent PCC candidate Brian Greenslade

  • Tony Hogg

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12:26am update: 

Tony Hogg, Conservative, has been declared the winner of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election for Devon and Cornwall and has been sworn in.

Speaking after the final results were announced Mr Hogg said he was "greatly honoured" to be elected as PCC for Devon and Cornwall and added that he had learnt a lot about the role of the PCC though meeting members of the public during the past few months. 

He said: "The role will not be one where the PCC acts alone. It's very important that I understand that there are partnerships across this policing area and I'll be working closely with all of them."

Mr Hogg said that Devon and Cornwall had a "very fine" police force and said, although it was right that the PCC should "challenge" the force, he would aim to do that in a constructive way. 

He said: "We can be proud of our police area. It's a great area and together we can make it better."

Mr Hogg was then sworn in as PCC. 

Speaking after the swearing in he said: "I want to justify the trust that's been put in me and to start work pretty much immediately."

Mr Hogg won with a total of 69,419 votes while Mr Greenslade, who came second, received 37,243.

9:47 update: 

Brian Greenslade, one of two candidates remaining in the running for the role of Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, said he had been feeling cautiously confident over the last few days. 

He said: "I felt in the last week or 10 days that I was getting a lot of support." Brian Greenslade is the former Liberal Democrat leader of Devon County Council but is standing for the PCC role as an Independent as he believes it should not be a political role. 

"If I come out in the winning position at the end of the night, as far as police go I want to make sure the Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) continue to be funded. I believe we can reduce the number of cuts to police officers and in doing both those things try and improve the view of police visibility."

Mr Greenslade said he had opposed the introduction of the PCC role, describing it as "bonkers".

He said: "I think it's a flawed system as the poor turnout has demonstrated."

However, once it went ahead, he said he had been convinced that he could bring some valuable experience to the role. 

He said: "I think undoubtedly I'm the candidate with the most experience."


The results from the first round of counting at the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner have been announced and  Brian Greenslade and Tony Hogg will now go head to head for the position. 

As no candidate gained more than 50 per cent of the first choice votes the two candidates who gained the most first choice votes go through to the next round of counting. 

Kevin Lavery, the Police Area Returning Officer for Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall Council Chief Executive, made the first declaration moments ago at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth, where the count is taking place. 

He announced that Brian Greenslade, an Independent candidate, had received 24,719 first choice votes while Tony Hogg, Conservative, had received 55,257. All other eight candidates have now been eliminated, and second choice votes for either of the top two candidates will now be added to their total.

With 10 candidates vying for the position in Devon and Cornwall, the force area had one of the highest number of candidates of any police force in the country.

The results of the first count were :

Brian Samuel Blake, Liberal Democrats 23948

Graham David Calderwood, Independent 8667

Brian Carol Greenslade, Independent 24719

Anthony John Marsden (Tony ) Hogg, Conservative 55257

Ivan James Jordan, Independent 12382

Thomas Macpherson, Independent 4306

William Morris, Independent 10586

John Noel Smith, Independent 10171

Robert Lee Smith, UK Independence Party 16433

Nichola Jane Williams, Labour 24196

The new police and crime commissioner will be responsible for the running of Devon and Cornwall Police.  They will have the power to hire and fire chief constable and set police strategy and budgets.

The Government has said PCCs will give local people more control over policing, but critics have warned that the changes would politicise police – and claim that low turnouts reported across England and Wales prove that the public doesn't want them.

In Cornwall, 15.21 per cent of the electorate voted yesterday, while in the Isles of Scilly the turnout was 14.96 per cent.  Overall, the turnout in Devon and Cornwall was 15.14 per cent. 

Counting in the first round began at 11am this morning and lasted more than eight hours. More than 6,000 ballot papers were rejected at the first count because they were marked incorrectly in some way or there was uncertainty as to the first preference vote. 

The second round of counting will begin in about half an hour, with the final result expected to be announced around 10pm. 

Keep checking back for updates. 

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  • alansanders  |  November 22 2012, 2:31PM

    here we go, Big Ger twisting the truth again. Firstly if you were a Conservative you would know that Mr Rich is not a member of your party and feels that he made a terrible mistake in joining them. Secondly, you state yourself that some of the parties, including Mebyon Kernow don't stand in all the by-elections. I think the Greens didn't stand any, so their share of the vote must really have fallen, and of the five by-elections Mebyon Kernow managed to win one (how did they manage that with only, what was it, 8 per cent of the vote?). Actually if you look at the 2009 figures you'll see that MK got an average of 16% where they stood one of their 33 candidates. The European elections were held on the same day and they got 7 per cent of the vote in Cornwall.

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  • Big_Ger  |  November 19 2012, 8:20PM

    "Oh, incidentally, the Tories would love 600 members in Cornwall. The good news is that they don't." Really, would you care to give your "facts" to back that up? In the last county council election; CORNWALL UNITARY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS 4 June 2009 Conservatives 57,115 votes Liberal Democrats 48, 187 votes Mebyon Kernow 7290 votes For every 1 vote MK got, the Conservative party, the real party for Cornwall got 8!

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 19 2012, 12:48PM

    Oh, incidentally, the Tories would love 600 members in Cornwall. The good news is that they don't. Kernow bys vyken!

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 19 2012, 12:46PM

    'Big' Ger - all wrong again but there, such is the norm! Loic Rich is not a member of your Tory Party and 'Boss' Hogg was elected by 5% of the electorate and of those who bothered to vote, 34% voted for him. About as much democratic mandate as the current unelected Government has so fairly normal for the Tories! Kernow bys vyken!

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  • cweatherhill  |  November 19 2012, 11:41AM

    Now that Boss Hogg is now in charge of the pig....err....police, will Cornwall and Devon be merged and renamed Hazzard County? (Some of the driving seen here warrants it!). And will the traffic police be redesignated Road Hoggs? Oh, and if this Tory cocks it all up (as Tories do), can we have a Hogg Roast?

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  • Big_Ger  |  November 19 2012, 8:49AM

    "Big_Ger in his fantasy world again, this time about his vision of Tory greatness." Says Cradoc. Well let's see now; since the establishment of the unitary council in 2009 there have been five by-elections. Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, and Labour have contested all of them; MK two. The first two parties polled very much the highest proportion of total votes cast: Liberal Democrats about 39 percent, Conservatives 35, Labour 9, MK 8, all others 8. MK gained an average of 8 percent of all the votes cast in the five elections; that is, only about 2 percent of electors in those five seats backed the party. The leader of Mebyon Kernow (MK), the Cornish nationalist party, said the other day in an interview with the Observer that there are 600 members of the party, that represents about 0.14 percent of the adult population of Cornwall, about one in seven hundred. Oh, one little victory I played a small part in; Result of the Truro Boscawen ward by-election 21 July 2011: Conservative 469 votes, Liberal Democrat 322, Labour 246, MK 144; turnout 24.6 percent. Let's not forget Loic Rich, who was Mebyon Kernow (MK) parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth in last year's general election, has left MK and now moved to the Conservative party.

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  • Phil_lip  |  November 19 2012, 1:25AM

    RNASDutch you are so right, but then each paper has its bias, the same as each TV channel, Magazine, Radio channel; there is no unbiased reporting anywhere. Thanks Truro_Kernow it was a friend of mine that got me reading it for an older blog post he had written and while the police are not allowed to say some stuff he does go into a lot of detail, as well as the fellow coppers that write comments. It is a brilliant way to see that they are just as fed up with the way they are treated and know privatisation is coming but that it is a bad idea and will be even more rotten than what we have now. Cadoc you can only be commended for going to vote, it is a flawed system that will lead to privatisation of the police force, we already have 'incident officers' and 'community incident officers' and the like, G4S are already advertising for jobs that after training will replace some of the force's roles with un-accountable private employees, the same as what happened to the prison service. It is just a matter of time till our government (not party in power) will finish what it started back in 93 or 94 when the idea was first suggested and then any semblance of human rights the innocent had will be thrown out of the window. Yet wanting to make a difference and going to vote was a good thing and we still don't know how many papers got spoilt but the video of the counting room was taken off youtube because of it.

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  • Cadoc  |  November 18 2012, 4:22PM

    I am Cornish, not on benefits and bothered to get out of my bed to vote - for what use it was. Do you want to make something of that?

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  • RNASDutch  |  November 18 2012, 1:54PM

    Here we go again. The West Briton shows it is totally biased against anything or anyone other than their beloved Lib Dems. The Lib Dems were totally wiped out in the votes cast, so rather than admit the silent majority in Cornwall have at last spoken and shown they support the Tories at the ballot box, they try and big up the second in the race, and what a surprise, cannot even acknowledge how well done the Tory candidate did. The usual "anyone but tory" brigade vent their spiteful spleen because the ungrateful voters do not show them the respect they know they are entitled. I am sure the West Briton would rather swallow a wasp than say "Well done Mr Hogg, the voters clearly wanted you". NO, they raise typically Lib Dems ideas, and if the West Briton we dont like the result, they say system is clearly wrong. NO IT ISNT. Everyone had a chance to vote, and if the moaners and crybabies couldnt be bother to get out of their benefit paid for beds, then tough luck. I am very surprised Andrew George hasn't yet jumped on yet another passing bandwagon, and said how this doesn't show what the people want. Naturally the West Briton will show his photo yet again, same as they did with his Arctic Convoy bandwagon. What the West Briton does not realise is that the reason their circulation is dropping like a stone is because of an extremely poor editor, and blatant political bias towards the Lib Dems. Once they start concentration in reporting on local news in a neutral manner, people will start to buy their paper again. Until then, its sails on oblivious, just like the Titanic. With the same ending eventually, sunk without trace.

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 18 2012, 12:26PM

    That police blog is excellent Phil_lip. I don't think many police will be voting for true blue Ger's Tories any more! http://tinyurl.com/yhrbww Kernow bys vyken!

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