Christopher Salmon elected as Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner

CHRISTOPHER Salmon has been elected as the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dyfed-Powys.

In his new role, Salmon will be responsible for setting priorities for the police force, overseeing the budget and hiring the chief constable. Salmon sees his new position as a new opportunity to establish public confidence in their policing

Mr Salmon, from a Powys farming family, is a local businessman, who has previously served in the Army. Salmon beat Labour candidate Christine Gwyther by 1,114 votes.

A total of 64,660 voters turned up, 16.4% of those on the electoral register. As there were only two candidates, the Dyfed-Powys election operated under the first past the post system. Salmon won with  50.9% of the votes.

Andrew RT Davies AM, the Welsh Conservative leader said that “Christopher ran an excellent campaign and I congratulate him on his new role. This is a fantastic achievement for both him and the Welsh Conservative party as a whole.”

Ms Gwyther, who is a former Welsh assembly member, is from Pembroke Dock and previously worked as a council development officer before going into politics. She was an AM for Camarthen West and South Pembrokeshire between 1999 and 2007 and the first Welsh assembly minister of agriculture.