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Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins welcomes the election of Labour’s Alan Charles as Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Toby Perkins MP: "I look forward to working with Alan Charles to protect frontline policing and oppose privatisation"

Toby Perkins MP: "I look forward to working with Alan Charles to protect frontline policing and oppose privatisation"

Mr Charles, a Derbyshire County Councillor, received 57,248 votes in the second round of counting – over 20,000 more than his nearest rival Conservative County Councillor Simon Spencer.

Concerns have, however, been raised about a record low turnout – only 14.4% in Derbyshire.

Toby Perkins MP said: “I welcome Alan Charles’s win.

“I know Alan will be vociferously opposing the Lib Dem-backed Tory government’s attempts to further cut frontline policing – there are now 150 fewer police officers in Derbyshire than when this government came to office.”

Commenting on the low turnout, Mr Perkins said: “The government were repeatedly warned prior to polling day that they hadn’t done enough to boost turnout.

“A chronic lack of information combined with the £120m these elections have cost – a figure which could have been used to put 3,000 more PCs on the streets – has led to a lack of public appetite for this flagship Tory policy.”

Mr Perkins added: “Aside from the government’s ‘comedy of errors’ in their management of this election, I’m looking forward to working closely with Alan in the coming years to build a safer community in Chesterfield.”

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