Elections: Leicestershire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner has been announced

The turnout in Harborough District was 38 per cent – the highest in Leicestershire

Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:07 am
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:08 am

Conservative Rupert Matthews has been elected Leicestershire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Matthews, 59, polled a total of 135,566 votes in last Thursday’s election to beat Labour PCC rival Ross Willmott by over 33,000.

The freelance writer and author has won the important police role for the Tories back from Labour as former Lutterworth mayor and Harborough councillor Lord Willy Bach served for one term.

The police commissioner count at Market Harborough leisure centre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The turnout in Harborough District was 38 per cent – the highest in Leicestershire.

Mr Matthews has written over 170 books on history, ghosts, UFOs and paranormal activity.

The local politician is also the editorial director and a shareholder of Bretwalda Books.

Mr Matthews also served as a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands from June 2017 until his term ended on July 1, 2019.

The police commissioner count at Market Harborough leisure centre. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER