Baird wins Northumbria police chief vote
Last updated at 16:41, Friday, 16 November 2012
EX-MP Vera Baird has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Northumbria area.
Ms Baird, the Labour candidate, polled just over the half the votes cast across the force area.
In a turn-out of just 16.4 per cent, she beat Conservative Phil Butler, from Heddon on the Wall, into second place.
UKIP's Alistair Baxter came third in the vote and Lib Dem Peter Andras finished fourth.
In the post Ms Baird will work alongside Chief Constable Sue Sim in determing policing policies across Northumbria and taking control of the force's budget.
First published at 16:40, Friday, 16 November 2012
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