Win for Labour as Simon Foster re-elected as West Midlands PCC

Thousands of voters across Coventry and the West Midlands have chosen Simon Foster as their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Mr Foster, who was the incumbent PCC, won with 327,844 votes ahead of Tom Byrne, who was running for the Conservative Party.

Speaking after the declaration, Mr Foster praised his 'brilliant team' and paid tribute to those who had put their 'faith and trust in him.' Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) essentially act as a voice for residents and hold the police force to account, ensuring they are answerable to the communities they serve, reports BirminghamLive.

PCCs also have the power to hire and fire the Chief Constable. Mr Foster was first elected to the role three years ago in May 2021.

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“Ever since then, I have dedicated myself to holding the police service to account on your behalf to ensure justice, security and safety for all our people and communities across the West Midlands,” Mr Foster said. He has previously hit out at the Conservatives, saying cuts had left the police force 'seriously unfunded.'

He continued: “Despite the challenges, we have recruited 1,451 additional police officers, invested 570 police officers into community policing and the 999 and 101 service has been transformed, there have been significant improvements in emergency response times.”

Mr Byrne meanwhile had argued that the people of the West Midlands had been let down by a succession of Labour PCCs since 2012, pointing to knife crime rates and the fact West Midlands Police was put into 'special measures.'

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