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Police and Crime Commissioner

The coalition government replaced local police authorities with directly elected police and crime commissioners. This politicisation of the police was opposed by Labour. Nevertheless, when it happened it was necessary to campaign for a Labour commissioner.

The first election took place in November 2012, when the Tory candidate was elected with 60% of the votes, with Labour second with 40%, using the supplementary vote system (see below).

Elections now take place at the same time as other elections and the current commissioner was elected in May 2016 and has a four year term. Again, he was elected with 60% of the votes, with the Labour candidate second on 40%. Thereafter, elections are at four year intervals.

Supplementary vote system

The police and crime commissioner is elected by the supplementary vote system. Voters make a first and second choice. If a candidate has more than 50% of the first choices, he or she is elected. If not, all except the top two candidates are eliminated. The second choice votes of everyone whose first choice was not for one of the top two candidates are then counted. Any votes for the top two candidates are added to the first-round totals of those candidates. Whichever candidate has the greater number of votes after this process is the winner.


Local Government Structure

Hertfordshire has a tiered local government system - the County Council and local District or Borough Councils. There are also either town or parish councils covering most of the area of each District Council.

Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council is controlled by the Conservatives, who regained power in 1999 from a Labour-led alliance with the Liberal Democrats. The 2013 election increased Labour representation on the council from two to 15. In the North East Hertfordshire constituency, we have only one councillor, Lorna Kercher, who regained the division of Letchworth North West.

Policies for the Labour Group on the Council are set by the County Labour Party, to which representatives are sent from all the consituency parties in the county. The County Party also organizes the selection of candidates for the County Council election which is held every four years. The next election will be in 2017.

Labour group spokespersons are listed on the Councillors webpage.

North Hertfordshire District Council

Most of the constituency is in the area of the North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC). The Letchworth Town, Baldock and District and Royston and District branches are all in the NHDC area.

The council is controlled by the Conservatives, who gained control from Labour in 1999. There are six Labour councillors representing wards within the constituency - Letchworth Wilbury(2), Letchworth Grange (2) and Letchworth East (2) - and six other Labour councillors from wards outside the constituency. For contact details of our six councillors, click on Councillors.

There is a North Hertfordshire District Labour Party local campaign forum, with representatives from the relevant constituency parties.

Elections in North Hertfordshire are on a rolling basis, with elections every year, except the year of the County Council elections. One-third of the councillors are up for election each time.

East Hertfordshire District Council

The wards covered by the East Hertfordshire Rural branch are in the area of the East Hertfordshire District Council.

The council is Tory controlled. Until 2003, the number of Labour councillors on the council since its formation had varied between one and eight. However, since the 2003 election there have been no Labour councillors. Since thhe 2015 election, the whole council has been Conservative. There is no opposition at all.

There is an East Hertfordshire District Labour Party local campaign forum, with representatives from all the branches in East Hertfordshire.

There are elections every four years for all the seats on the council. The next election is in May 2019.


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