NEW CRIME CHIEF FACES INVESTIGATION OVER EXPENSES

Conservative candidate Alison Hernandez is the new Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner after a close battle with Labour’s Gareth Derrick and immediately faces another battle over electoral expenses.

Hernandez won by a final margin of just over 1% with 91,036 votes to Derrick’s 87,242 after both went through to a second round.

 

She earned 21,682 second preferences to Derrick’s 20,723.

 

However, Hernandez is already facing calls to "stand aside" from the post while police investigate her role in submitting expenses for MP Kevin Foster in 2015.

 

She was previously chief of staff for Foster, the Conservative MP for Torbay. 

 

There was a turnout of 22.8% in the PCC election, up 7.8% on November 2012.

 

Hernandez said of her victory: “I'm just delighted that the people of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have put their faith in me to get the best out of Devon & Cornwall Police and keep us all safe."

 

She previously told This Is Scilly: “One of the critical things happening in the next few years is the way the Government are changing the way the Police are funded.

 

“The huge influx in the summer of visitors is not recognised in the way the Police are funded at the moment and I will work as a team with their MP Derek Thomas to secure the best funding deal. This in turn will enable policing to keep being at the heart of our communities, especially in the Isles of Scilly."

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