Matthew Grove's 'delight' after John Prescott defeated in Humberside police and crime commissioner election
CONSERVATIVE candidate Matthew Grove has spoken of his delight after being elected the first Humberside police and crime commissioner.
The East Riding councillor beat Labour veteran Lord Prescott by 2,231 votes after a dramatic count yesterday.
Mr Grove said: “I am absolutely honoured and delighted that people have put their trust in me.
“I also have a slight feeling of trepidation because I know I have a huge amount of responsibility on my shoulders.”
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After being declared the winner, Mr Grove held a celebratory dinner for his family and campaign team at his home in Withernwick.
He will officially take over as commissioner on Thursday but said: “The hard work starts now.”
Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin, who watched the count at The Spa in Bridlington, said: “Once the confetti has stopped and the champagne corks have popped, we have a very challenging time ahead.”
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