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Matthew Scott re-elected as Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner

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Original article from Kent Live

Matthew Scott has been re-elected as Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Conservative candidate received more than 50 per cent of the vote to seal a second term in charge of Kent Police's budget.

Scott, who replaced controversial figure Ann Barnes five years ago, was announced as the winner on Monday afternoon (May 10).

Five years on from his first victory, Scott, from Swanley, has won again – this time by a greater margin.

He beat Lola Oyewusi (Labour and Co-operative candidate) and Graham Colley (Liberal Democrat candidate) with 57 per cent of the vote in the first round.

Had he not achieved 50 per cent of the ballot voters second preference would have also been counted.

The announcement of the Police and Crime Commissioner result brings to an end the 2021 local elections in Kent.

The elections saw the Tories maintain control of Kent County Council although there were some unexpected wins for the Green Party and Liberal Democrats.

Matthew Scott will serve a second term

Sevenoaks Town, which has been known as a strong conservative seat for a number of years went to the Lib Dems while Tonbridge voted for two Green councillors.

Matthew Scott has said he hopes to recruit another 300 police officers and ensure they are active in urban, rural and coastal areas.

He has also pledged to work with residents, businesses and communities to prevent and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

In a post on Twitter Mr Scott said: "I am delighted to have been re-elected as @PCCKent and I am grateful for all of your support.

"I will work hard to repay your faith in me and make our county safer."

To recap on all the drama of the local elections click here.

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