Matthew Grove beats John Prescott in Humberside police commissioner election (video)
Matthew Grove has won the first Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election.
The Conservative Party candidate beat Lord Prescott into second place by just over 2,200 votes.
Mr Grove will now begin his term of office on Thursday, with a salary of £75,000-a-year.
He will be responsible for the force's £180m budget and setting its priorities.
Mr Grove said: "The real work begins now.
"I know I must fight to drive down crime, but I must do so without taking any more money out of people's pockets than they can afford."
Mr Grove called Lord Prescott "an utter gentleman" and a "worthy opponent".
Lord Prescott wished Mr Grove good luck.
He said: "I'm not going to be churlish, I wish you well."
The former deputy prime minister said he had "reduced a 30,000 Tory majority in the area to 2,000" and used his concession speech to warn against the "privatisation of the police".
In a tense count which lasted most of the day, Lord Prescott won most first preference votes and was top of the polls in Hull and northern Lincolnshire.
But with less than 25 per cent of the total vote, he was unable to strike a knock-out blow to the other candidates.
That meant that under the supplementary vote (SV) system Lord Prescott went into a run-off with Matthew Grove, with second preference votes added to their totals.
Mr Grove, who made it into the run-off after beating former police officer Paul Davison into a close third, began the second round needing to gain 3,842 votes on Lord Prescott. By the time North Lincolnshire, North-East Lincolnshire and Hull had declared, at around 5.45pm, he had reduced the gap to 2,223.
And a big win in the East Riding carried him across the line.
Mr Grove referred to defying the odds to win the election.
Bookmaker William Hill had given him odds of 100/1 at one stage in the campaign.
He said: "Thank you William Hill for that windfall, on behalf of some of my campaign members who put a bet on."
William Hill said they had taken one bet of £10 at 100/1 on Mr Grove and two bets of £100 at 10/1.
First preference totals:
• Prescott: 33,282
• Grove: 29,440
• Davison: 28,507
• Bloom: 21,484
• Butterworth: 11,655
• Sweeney: 5,118
• Eyre: 3,976
Second preference totals:
• Grove: 12,724
• Prescott: 6,651
Reporters Jenna Thompson and Angus Young, and photographer Simon Kench, were at the count. Follow their updates here:
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