CONSERVATIVE candidate David Sidwick has been elected the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset.
Mr Sidwick won Thursday’s election with 70,353 votes, followed by Independent candidate Daniel Hardy – who had the backing of outgoing Independent PCC Martyn Underhill – with 43,427 votes.
Mr Underhill has served as Dorset’s PCC since the role was first created in 2012 but chose not to stand for re-election.
PCCs are elected using the supplementary vote system, with people making a first and second choice.
The Green Party’s Claire Seymour (21,283), Liberal Democrat Mark Robson (17,837) and Labour candidate Patrick Canavan (16,379) were eliminated after counting the first votes.
Second votes were then considered to decide between Mr Sidwick and Mr Hardy as neither had won more than 50% of the first vote.
The turnout across Dorset was 25.52%.
In his election address, the Bournemouth businessman Mr Sidwick said his vision was to make Dorset the safest county in the UK, adding: “I will bring back prevention with robust visible community policing and put victims and communities first. I will be tough on violence, drugs, hidden harms and also tackle rural crime.
“The mission is to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and together we will make our police crime fighters again.”