Only 2.48 Percent of Cambridge’s Electorate Made Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright Their First Choice

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012. 2:55am

Cambridgeshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner Graham Bright gained the first choice votes of only 2.48% of the electorate in Cambridge.

In Cambridge, as in Peterborough, Labour’s Ed Murphy was the most popular first choice. More voters in Cambridge spoilt their papers than voted for two of the candidates.

The first preference results for Cambridge were as follows:

Name Party/Independent Votes % Valid Papers
Ed Murphy Labour 4260 33.14%
Rupert Moss-Eccardt Liberal Democrat 2415 18.79%
Graham Bright Conservative 2276 17.71%
Ansar Ali Independent 1733 13.48%
Paul Bullen UKIP 1093 8.50%
Spoilt Papers 614 4.78%
Stephen Goldspink English Democrats 586 4.56%
Farooq Mohammed Independent 492 3.83%

Full Results

Potential Disenfranchisement of Cambridge Residents

Many people, including elected representatives, in Cambridge feel disenfranchised by the Conservative run County Council as there are no councillors representing city wards on the ruling group. This view has often been expressed at the city’s area committee meetings over the last few years.

When I spoke to the Liberal Democrat candidate Rupert Moss-Eccardt shortly after his elimination from the election for Police and Crime Commissioner he noted Cambridge residents had already been disenfranchised by the arrangements for making appointments to the then Police Authority. The Conservative run County Council were the major influence on its membership and only one elected councillor from Cambridge was on the body. Moss-Eccardt said he expected more of the same.

Surprisingly perhaps, given their third place result in the city, Moss-Eccardt suggested there is some political capital for the Conservatives to maintain in Cambridge now and there will be a need for the Conservatives to take some interest in serving the city’s residents. He also noted that what goes on in the City does impact resident of the surrounding sub-region.

Moss-Eccardt said he hoped Commissioner Graham Bright would attend Cambridge’s area committees (where to-date councillors have democratically set local policing priorities and held the police to account for their performance against them). He also expressed a hope that Commissioner Bright would attend and participate in Cambridge’s Community Safety Partnership.

Moss-Eccardt said if the commissioner doesn’t do that (engage with bodies in Cambridge) then Cambridge is going to suffer.

Local Trends

Cambridge’s MP Julian Huppert and local councillors as well as prospective candidates will probably be looking with interest at the results of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections with a view to looking at how it might indicate changing views in the City which could impact the future make-up of the City Council and who may get elected our next MP.

There has recently been a swing towards Labour at the City Council at the last elections, and these results, with Labour gaining 1.7 times as many votes as the Liberal Democrats perhaps reinforces this direction of travel. However given the low turnout, and that some people at least vote on the basis of more than simply the party branding, there may not be a direct connection between this result and what would be expected in election for other positions.

Headline Figure Calculation

2,276 voters in Cambridge put Tory Graham Bright as their first choice for Police & Crime Commissioner. The city’s electorate was 91,669. (See details of turnout and the election results.

One comment/update on “Only 2.48 Percent of Cambridge’s Electorate Made Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright Their First Choice

  1. paul Lythgoe

    In the week that Sir Graham Bright announces that he is stepping down it would be worth looking back at some of his best moments. The most comprehensive collection of these is probably held on Richard’s blog. Jus looking back through the headlines from his election in Cambridgeshire with 2.48% of electors in Cambridge voting for him to some of his fantastic “meeting the public” interviews recorded with Richard. I urge you Richard to put together a highlights video for us all now that Sir Graham is refusing to offer what he promised after he was elected a chance to judge him at the ballot box.

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