Conservative Giles Orpen-Smellie to become Norfolk's next Police and Crime Commisioner
Former-soldier Giles Orpen-Smellie will replace fellow Conservative Lorne Green as Norfolk's next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), taking home more than 103,980 first-choice votes at the election this week.
Mr Orpen-Smellie – who served with the Parachute Regiment on operations in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Iraq – beatout Liberal Democrat John Crofts; Labour's Michael Rosen; Martin Schmierer from the Green Party; and David Moreland, who was running as an independent.
On Wednesday, he will take over from Green – who is retiring after five years as the Norfolk's PCC. He was due to step down last spring, but due to the pandemic, elections were pushed back a year.
His win rounds off a successful weekend for the Conservatives, following the encouraging results at the County Council elections yesterday.
After failing to win more than 50 per cent of ballots during the first round of voting, the Tory candidate secured his victory with 16,014 second preference votes, beating Rosen's 18,496.
Turnout for the election was higher than expected for PCC elections, with 33.95 per cent of residents in Norfolk registering a ballot.
A total breakdown of each candidate's first preference votes is bellow.
- Giles Orpen-Smellie (C): 103,980
- Michael Rosen (L): 51,056
- Martin Schmierer (G): 23,469
- David Moreland (I): 20,473
- John Crofts (LD): 31,666
- Giles Orpen-Smellie (C): 18,535
- Michael Rosen (L): 7,611
- Martin Schmierer (G): 3,852
- David Moreland (I): 3,331
- John Crofts (LD): 6,621