Nettleham, the home of Lincolnshire Police’s Headquarters, will welcome Marc Jones as Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner when he formally takes up the post on Thursday, 12th May 2016, following his election yesterday.
Marc Jones, who was the Conservative Party’s candidate, triumphed against his UK Independence, Labour and Lincolnshire Independents party rivals. In the four way contest Marc emerged as the front-runner in the first round of voting – as the ballot is conducted using the supplementary voting system, which gives electors two votes, for a first and, if desired, second preference.
Marc Jones (Conservative) took 39,441 (35.22%) in the first stage of voting against Victoria Ayling (UKIP) on 28,583 (25.52%), Lucinda Preston (Labour) on 25,475 (22.75%) and Daniel Simpson (Lincolnshire Independents) on 18,497 (16.52%). As no candidate had received the necessary fifty percent to be elected the top two candidates, Marc Jones and Victoria Ayling, were carried forward for the run-off using second preferences. After second preference votes from Labour and Lincolnshire Independents parties’ candidates were applied. Marc won convincingly with 56.2% of the vote with a majority of 10,613 (12.41%). Marc said:
“I am very proud, grateful and excited to have been elected. I will work hard for everyone across Lincolnshire and put into action my plan to reduce crime. I think we have run the best campaign we could have done, although a direct mailing from central government would have helped to reach more people. Nevertheless, I am proud of the volunteers who have helped me to deliver 300,000 pieces of literature by hand across the county. My first order of business is to meet with the the senior team and understand how we will be working together to deliver effective policing for Lincolnshire.”
The outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick said:
“I want to warmly congratulate Marc. It’s a big job and I wish the new Commissioner the very best for the future. Lincolnshire Police is a force that, nationally and locally, punches well above its weight. I have no doubt that, with a strong and determined PCC to continue the campaign for fairer funding, the County will continue to be a safe place in which to live and work.”
West Lindsey District Councillor for the Nettleham Ward, Cllr. Giles McNeill, said:
“Marc is the sort of first-rate individual we need filling this important role. I have worked with Marc in the past and I know he has the skills and dedication to make a real impact for everyone in Lincolnshire. He has done a tremendous thing, to move the Conservative Party from third place back in 2012 to first place is a real achievement.”