02:55PM, Thursday 12 May 2016
The newly re-elected Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Anthony Stansfeld has hit back at claims no one knows what he does.
Mr Stansfeld, who first took on the role in 2012, was returned to the post last week on the back of a vote that saw a turnout of just over 25 per cent.
The result prompted criticism over a lack of general awareness of what the role of the PCC is, including two letters in today’s (Thursday) Advertiser.
However, when this was put to him, Mr Stansfeld, who is paid £85,000 a year, hit back, saying: “It’s extraordinary, people can go to the effort to write to a newspaper and say they don’t know what’s happening, without having made an effort to find out.”
Mr Stansfeld claimed it was harder for PCC candidates to campaign than prospective MPs, for example, because they did not benefit from free postage.
He also claimed more people knew the identity of their relevant PCC than their local authority councillor.
The overall turnout for the vote on Thursday, May 5, was 25.6 per cent, with that figure 17.2 per cent in Windsor and Maidenhead and 29.4 per cent in Slough.
Mr Stansfeld was re-elected on 54 per cent, after second preferences had been taken into account.
He was closely followed by Labour’s Laetisia Carter with 46 per cent. The other candidates were: John Howson (Lib Dem): 59,575 (14.45 per cent) and Lea Trainer (UKIP): 49,942 (12.12 per cent).
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