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'Low voter turnout' for PCC elections

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A magistrate has made history by becoming the first police and crime commissioner (PCC) to be elected in England and Wales.

Angus Macpherson, a Conservative, won after a second round of voting in Wiltshire.

Counting in the other 40 police areas is taking place today.

The overall turnout in Wiltshire was just under 16%, but Mr Macpherson told Today presenter Sarah Montague that it was still a legitimate result: "It's not so much a mandate, it's more, in the Wiltshire situation, a large job interview."

"It would be much better if more people had gone out to vote and I think it's incumbent on all police commissioners, as we all take office, to actually develop this job and let people know what it is."


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