UDATED: Labour candidate is new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Labour candidate Mark Burns-Williamson has been voted West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The former chair of West Yorkshire Police Authority was chosen over three other candidates.

A count of voters’ second preferences was started at around 4pm today after inital counts of the first choices showed Mark Burns-Williamson had got 48 per cent of the vote, followed by Independent candidate Cedric Christie with 23 per cent.

As no one had got above 50 per cent of the vote, second preference votes had to be counted for those two candidates.

Conservative candidate Geraldine Carter got 21 per cent of the vote, and Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew Marchington got 8 per cent of the vote.