FORMER Liverpool MP Jane Kennedy has become Merseyside’s first police commissioner.
Wirral had the highest turnout across Merseyside with 13.2% voting.
Mrs Kennedy became the region’s law and order chief after taking 41% of the Wirral votes and 56.2% across the region.
Conservative candidate Geoff Gubb came second with 15,870 votes, including 7,108 in Wirral, where he also took second place.
Independent candidate Kiron Reid came in third with 14,379 votes, including 4,388 in Wirral.
Liberal Democrat Paula Keaveney came fourth with 9,112 (1,918 in Wirral), while UKIP’s Hilary Jones polled 8,704 (2,976 in Wirral) and English Democrat Paul Rimmer tallied 7,142 (1,737 in Wirral), just enough to keep his £5,000 deposit.
In her victory speech, Comm Kennedy said: “I make this one promise that is to work very hard to do the best job for Merseyside, for the police and the community they serve.
“I know this is an election probably many of us did not want, but I want to thank all who have voted despite the low turnout.”
Comm Kennedy will now have the power to appoint and dismiss the chief constable and will set – and update – a police and crime plan and set the force’s budget. Her annual salary will be £85,000 and her term of office is four years.