John Prescott 'unlikely to fight another election' after losing to Matthew Grove in Humberside police commissioner election
DEFEATED Lord Prescott says it is unlikely he will stand for election to public office again after being beaten by Tory Matthew Grove in the region’s first police and crime commissioner election.
The former Deputy Prime Minister failed to take the new post by polling 2,231 fewer votes than the East Riding councillor.
After congratulating Mr Grove on his victory, Lord Prescott said he intended to remain in public service through his seat in the House of Lords but was unlikely to fight another election.
He said: “I have always been involved in public service rather than anything else but I don’t think I will be standing for election again.”
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The former Hull East MP, who was chosen as the Labour candidate ahead of former senior police officer Keith Hunter, said he accepted his defeat.
“The people have spoken,” he said. “This is a democracy and I have to accept the result.”
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He claimed he had done well to squeeze a national Conservative majority based on the region’s votes in the last General Election.
“I think that is quite a good achievement. The trouble was, the turnout was unfortunate. Many have argued against this legislation and I think this is the result.”
After the final result had been declared, he told Mr Grove: “People will judge you on your actions. It will be a difficult job and I wish you well for it.”
He then presented a bemused Mr Grove with one of the toy sheriff badges he had been handing out during the campaign.
Mr Grove said Lord Prescott had been an “utter gentleman” during the election campaign.
He said: “ I will slightly miss him once this is all over. However, I did beat him and it had to be done.”