Katy Bourne, the Conservative Party candidate, has been elected as the first PCC (Police and Crime Commissioner) for Sussex.
Katy was elected once second preference votes were redistributed. It was a strong result for the Conservative Party, both in Sussex and nationally. The Labour candidate was narrowly second, ahead of the Independent candidate, on the first ballot. Nationally 16 Conservative, 13 Labour and 12 Independent PCCs were returned.
In Crawley, there was a swing in support from Labour to Conservative as compared to the May 2012 Crawley Borough Council Elections. This made it an excellent result for the Conservative Party and showed a lack of confidence in Labour as an alternative governing party.
Speaking after the result was declared, Katy said, "It's time to park the politics of the campaign. I'm looking foward to working with the Chief Constable and setting the crime-fighting priorities that people in Sussex want."
Katy is a councillor for Mid Sussex, businesswoman and national chairwoman of the Conservative Women's Organisation.