Tipping takes new cop role

Paddy Tipping campaigning to re-open the custody suite at Worksop Police Station  (w121108-7d)
Paddy Tipping campaigning to re-open the custody suite at Worksop Police Station (w121108-7d)

Labour’s Paddy Tipping has been elected as Nottinghamshire’s first police and crime commissioner.

The 63-year-old former MP beat ex-police officer Malcolm Spencer for the post after a second round of voting.

Conservative candidate Tony Roberts and Independent hopeful Raj Chandran were eliminated in the first round leaving Mr Tipping to win with 65,919 to Mr Spencer’s 52,789 votes.

Mr Tipping has promised to deliver more front line police officers.

“I am really pleased to have received the majority of the votes across the county and I am determined to make sure the needs of both urban and rural areas are met,” he said.

“I had my first formal meeting with the Chief Constable on Monday - the custody suite is on the agenda and we are talking about how we can do it.

“I will also be having formal discussions with key stakeholders to take the matter further.”

There was a low turnout of voters across the country with just 16.77 per cent of voters in Nottinghamshire heading to the polls. Broxtowe turnout was slightly above the county average but still stood at just 17.14 per cent.

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, said the issue was a ‘big concern for everyone who cares about democracy’.

And Mr Tipping said he now has a tough job to convince those who did not vote in the elections.

“The Electoral Commission spent £35m producing a booklet on how to vote but didn’t include any information about the candidates. We also had a new way of voting which confused some people,” he said.

“It has put more pressure on me to try to persuade people that the commissioner is going to make a difference.”