The PCC elections - did you vote?
By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, November 16, 2012, 15:59
Labour's Bob Jones has this afternoon been confirmed as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, however it is the low voter turn-out that has taken all the headlines.
Bob Jones has won the race to become West Midlands PCC
Throughout the country, turn-out has been incredibly low, with the official West Midlands figure showing that only 12.31% of voters had their say.
National information also suggests that a high number of ballot papers were 'spoiled' deliberately by voters eager to get across their frustration at what they perceived to be an unneccessary election.
Mr Jones - a Wolverhampton councillor - will now take up the PCC post, with his responsibilities to include management of police budget and the setting of policing objectives.
However, many people are already calling into question the legitimacy of such a post, given the lack of interest amongst voters.
Did you vote yesterday? If not, why not - was it due to a lack of information on candidates, or - as Downing Street has today suggested - poor coverage on the behalf of the national media?
Now Mr Jones is in the job, what do you believe his priorities should be? Let us know.