Matthew Grove beats John Prescott to become first Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (video)
CONSERVATIVE candidate Matthew Grove has been elected as the first Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner.
The East Riding councillor beat the former Labour Deputy Prime Minister by just over 2,000 votes.
Mr Grove will now begin his term of office on Thursday, with a salary of £75,000-a-year.
He will be responsible for the force's £180m budget and setting its priorities.
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Mr Grove said: "The real work begins now.
"I have to make sure I fight to drive down crime without taking any more money out of people's pockets
Mr Grove called Lord Prescott a "gentleman".
"I have enjoyed his company. It's a shame I had to beat him, but it had to be done."
Conceding the election, Lord Prescott wished Mr Grove well in the role.
He said: "Good luck in the job - we'll all be watching you."
The former deputy prime minister said he had "reduced a 30,000 Tory majority in the area to 2,000" and warned against the "privatisation of the police".
Turnout was 19.48 per cent across the entire Humberside policing area.
This broke down to a turnout of 16.18 per cent in North East Lincolnshire, 20.36 per cent in North Lincolnshire, 15.65 per cent in Hull and 23.19 per cent in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
After all the first preference votes had been counted, the results stood as follows:
Godfrey Bloom (UKIP) 21,484
Simone Butterworth (Lib Dem) 11,655
Paul Davison (Ind) 28,307
Neil Eyre (Ind) 3,976
Matthew Grove (Con) 29,440
John Prescott (Lab) 33,282
Walter Sweeney (Ind) 5,118
As no candidate gained more than 50 per cent of the vote, second preferences were the deciding factor.
As the top two candidates, Lord Prescott and Mr Grove went through to the second round.
Though Lord Prescott was ahead for most of a tense final count, Mr Grove gained a large number of second preference votes in the East Riding.
This ensured Mr Grove won the election with a total of 42,164 votes with Lord Prescott trailing on 39,933.
Updates from the count at The Spa in Bridlington: