Wednesday, 14 November 2012


John Howson for PCC
The first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will be held tomorrow (November 15). 

The Lib Dem candidate is Prof John Howson.

John's background:
  • 22 years as a Magistrate in Oxfordshire;
  • Financial experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors, including running his own company.
  • National experience of criminal justice system.
  •  He led demands to stop police using out of court disposals that prevented cases coming to court and, as a result, victims not receiving compensation.
  • He's an expert on licensing law, and effects of the night time economy.
  • He's been a victim of crime, including a stabbing and several burglaries.
John says as Police & Crime Commissioner he will:

  • Emphasise improved detection rates – For years Thames Valley did not solve enough crimes; 
  • Ensure support for victims of crime is funded and not cut;
  • Protect frontline policing including bobbies on the beat;
  • Work with other agencies to ensure cases are progressed to court as quickly as possible;
  • Consult the public, community groups and elected representatives including town and parish councils about local policing priorities;
  • Listen to young people who cannot vote, but need a say about both crime and policing issues;
  • Ensure value for money – but protect services to the public.
John says his key tasks as Police & Crime Commissioner will be to:
  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime;
  • Improve police accountability, visibility, and work to raise public confidence in the police;
  • Target resources on detecting crime and cutting offending rates
You can read more about John and his campaign at

Wokingham Borough Council have released this information in reminding voters of some simple steps to take to make sure they can have their say.
  • Check where you should vote, details of your local polling station will be on your poll card. If you have not received it or are unsure of where to go call (0118) 974 6522 / 6523. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
  • If you bring your poll card with you to the polling station, it may speed things up. Don’t worry if you don’t have it, you can still vote without it.
  • Follow the instructions on the ballot paper carefully. If you’re unsure of how to complete your ballot paper, a member of staff will be able to advise you.
  • Pop your ballot paper in the ballot box.
The Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected using the Supplementary Voting System. 
Using this system there are two columns on the ballot paper - one for your first choice and one for your second choice. However you don't have to make a second choice.

 Update: Election Results.

The Conservative candidate, Anthony Stansfeld, has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley area, and therefore Earley.
The results for first preference votes cast in Wokingham Borough were:

  1. Anthony Stansfield - Conservative Party - 6492 votes 
  2. Tim Starkey - Labour Party Candidate - 3029 votes 
  3. Geoff Howard - Independent - 2548 votes
  4. John Orrell Howson - Liberal Democrat - 1591 votes
  5. Barry Cooper - UKIP - 1440 votes
  6. Patience Tayo Awe - Independent - 1150 votes
*There were 516 spoilt ballot papers at first preference count.

Because no candidate received over 50% of the vote second preference votes were counted, these were:
  1. Anthony Stansfield - Conservative Party - 1623 votes 
  2. Tim Starkey - Labour Party Candidate - 938 votes
*There were 533 spoilt ballot papers at second preference count.