The latest news from the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election count
MATTHEW Ellis has been named as Staffordshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Conservative candidate has beaten his Labour rival Joy Garner, receiving 51,237 to his opponents 47,589.
Joy Garner took Stoke-on-Trent, where she won 10,725 votes, compared to Matthew Ellis's 6,674 votes.
There were 419 rejected ballots in the Potteries.
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There was a low turnout across the county, which matches a similar pattern across the rest of the UK.
In Stoke-on-Trent, where the final count was held at Stoke's Kings Hall, the turnout was 9.46 per cent, with 17,820 votes cast.
In Stafford the turnout was 14.27 per cent and across South Staffordshire the turnout was around 11.8 per cent.
Police and Crime Commissioners will replace local police authorities in 41 regions of the country.
Their powers will include the ability to hire and fire chief constables and set policing priorities.