Darryl Preston has been elected as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's next Police and Crime Commissioner.
His tag #GetCrimeCut was reflected in is acceptance speech when he said said his priorities were "cutting crime, protecting the public and supporting the victims of crime".
Darryl's acceptance speech:
I would like to start by saying thank you to the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for putting your faith in me.
I would also like to thank my campaign team and colleagues across the county. This is our victory.
To serve as your Police and Crime Commissioner is a privilege – a privilege that carries great responsibility, and an honour I do not take lightly.
I understand that responsibility, and that is to represent you, all the residents of our great county, giving you a voice in keeping all of our communities safe.
In a few days time I will take an oath, enshrined in law, and swear that:
‘I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.’
Cutting crime, protecting the public and supporting victims – those are my priorities – because I have listened and they are your priorities:
- More police in our cities, towns and rural areas keeping us safe.
- Better prevention – focussing on early intervention in our most troubled families.
- Safer roads – reducing fatal and serious injury accidents.
- Protecting our rural communities with more investment.
- Fighting organised crime, catching the very worst criminals who cause so much misery to us all.
- And putting you – the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough first, ensuring the police listen to your concerns and act upon them.
And I will do this without favour or prejudice, as I did as a police officer, serving all our communities, keeping us all safe.
Four people contested the election: Nicky Massey, Labour, Susan Morris, Reform UK, Rupert Moss-Eccardt, Liberal Democrat and Darryl Preston, Conservative.
- PCCs are elected using the supplementary vote system, with voters making a first and second choice.
- If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first-choice votes, all except the top two candidates are eliminated.
- At that stage the second votes of those residents whose first choice has been eliminated are counted.
In the first round, Darryl took the lead with 99,034 votes (42.9%)
Ms Massey received 72,313 votes (31.3%), Mr Moss-Eccardt 51,490 votes (22.3%) and Ms Morris 8,031 votes (3.5%) – Morris and Moss-Eccardt were therefore eliminated.
Following the second count, Darryl won 114,053 votes, Ms Massey 102,195 votes.
Although the role of Police and Crime Commissioner is non-political, the elections are contested by political parties. Since the position was created in 2012, all holders in Cambs and Peterborough have been Conservative: Sir Graham Bright (2012-2016), Jason Ablewhite (2016-2019), Ray Bisby (appointed in 2019 and did not seek election) and, now Darryl Preston.
Video of Darryl's acceptance speech
Darryl Preston was the Conservative candidate in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner election on 6th May 2021. There's more about Darryl on the About Darryl Preston page.