Michael victorious in close contest
LABOUR'S Alun Michael won the race to be South Wales Police commissioner, beating off a strong challenge from independent candidate Mike Bake.
The former Cardiff MP narrowly failed to get a majority of first choices in the ballot, polling 66,879 votes to former policeman Mr Baker's 46,262.
The remaining two candidates — Caroline Jones for the Tories and independent Tony Verderame — were then eliminated and the second preferences of people who had voted for them redistributed to the top two.
Combining the first and second preferences, Mr Michael got 72,251 votes to Mr Baker's 60,784.
Mr Michael said: "I pledge to represent the whole population of South Wales without fear or favour, or bias — to hold the police to account and to protect the police from political influence."
Mr Baker urged everyone to support the work of the new commissioner.