Congratulations to Nick Alston on being elected as our first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
The results were as follows:
1st Count - Epping Forest - just over 10,000 residents voted (10.34% of electorate)
Nick Alston, Con - 4285
Ind (Belgrove) - 1221
Labour - 1482
UKIP - 983
Ind, Thwaites - 1270
Eng Democrats - 761
These figures were added to the other 13 counts to produce the following voting figures across the County:
Nick Alston - 51,325
Mick Thwaites, Independent - 40,132
Labour - 27,926
Linda Belgrove, Independent - 22,163
UKIP - 15,138
English Democrats - 11,550
This meant that Nick Alston and Mick Thwaites went through to the 2nd round where the 2nd preference votes of the other 4 candidates were added to the top 2 candidates, if applicable. (In Epping Forest Nick Alston gained an additional 744 votes and Mick Thwaites an extra 933 votes - the remaining votes were invalid, mostly because they were cast for losing candidates.)
Over the County as a whole, there were an additional 29,557 votes valid out of the possible 76,777 ballot papers. Nick Alston gained 11,025 of these and Mick Thwaites 18,532.
So the final result was:
62,350 NICK ALSTON: ELECTED (Majority of 3,686)
58,664 MICK THWAITES
Thank you to everyone who participated, and to those who supported Nick.