Elections 2016: Ron Hogg re-elected as police and crime commissioner for County Durham and Darlington

Ron Hogg has been re-elected to the role of police and crime commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.
Ron Hogg has been re-elected to the role of police and crime commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

Ron Hogg has retained his role as County Durham and Darlington's police and crime commissioner after taking more than 60% of the vote.

Mr Hogg stood as the Labour party candidate in yesterday's election, and received 50,915 votes from the public.

Commenting on his win, he said: "I am delighted to have been re-elected as police and crime commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

"The increased share of the vote is a fantastic endorsement of what we have achieved over the past four years.

"There are considerable challenges going forward and it is my intention to hold Durham Constabulary to account so that it remains the best police force in the country for as long as possible.

"This will require a lot of hard work, much of which is already in train. We will need to work with our partner organisations during this continuing period of austerity to ensure that high quality services are maintained. I look forward to working on behalf of local people to support victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, and to ensure we have an outstanding police force to help keep communities safe."

Peter Cuthbertson stood as the Conservative candidate, and Craig Martin represented the Liberal Democrats. Figures for the area have shown that voter turnout was at 17.7% - but this is a 3% rise from the first PCC elections in 2012.

Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, also commented on the win, and said: "I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Ron and I very much look forward to working with him to ensure we deliver the best possible police service for the people of County Durham and Darlington."