Bob Jones Archive
Bob Jones was West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner from
22 November 2012 until his death on 1 July 2014. These pages
include information about Bob's time as West Midlands Police and
Crime Commissioner, including all the press releases issued during
his time in office.
The first election for the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner took place on 15 November 2012. The count
followed the day after, and the winner, Bob Jones, took office on
22 November 2012.
As part of the election candidates could issue an election
statement that was published on a Home Office website. Bob's
election statement follows:
"I'm West Midlands born and bred. Apart from studying at
Nottingham University, I've always lived within a mile of where I
was born in inner-city Wolverhampton, and where I'm a long-standing
For more than 20 years I have campaigned against crime and
anti-social behaviour and due to my record of putting the Police
and the community before any vested interest, and with support from
all political parties, I became Chair of West Midlands Police
Authority and of the National Association of Police Authorities. In
2010 I was awarded the CBE 'for services to policing'.
In those roles I oversaw the introduction of new crime
prevention strategies, the pioneering of neighbourhood policing,
investment in our Police Officers and their support services and
focused on getting the Police and local Councils to work
together. This meant that between 1998 and 2012 we saw a
halving of crime in the West Midlands.
Supporting the Police in the battle against crime is my priority
and as an elected Police and Crime Commissioner I will:
- Protect neighbourhood policing from further government
- Retain Police and Community Support Officers
- Oppose the privatisation of core policing services
- Fight for a fair funding deal for the West Midlands Police
- Set up local policing boards in each area to ensure local
people set local priorities
- Put victims first by ensuring that funding for Victim Support
- Steer young people away from crime and gang culture by
encouraging the police to work with schools, local councils and
Bob's acceptance speech after winning the election is here:
Bob took the oath of office with Stephen Hughes shortly after
the result was announced:
2012 Election result
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected using the
Supplementary Vote system. Supplementary voting works as
follows. If there are only two candidates, then voters mark
which candidate they prefer and the one with the most votes
If there are more than two candidates, then voters can mark on
the ballot paper their first and second choices. It is not
compulsory to make a second preference.
If a candidate receives more than half of all the first choice
votes, they are elected immediately.
If this does not happen, the two candidates with the most
first choice votes go through to a second round.
All other candidates are eliminated, but their second choice votes
for either of the top two candidates are added to the totals for
those two candidates from the first round.
The candidate with the highest combined total of first and
second choice votes is elected.
|Matt Bennett (Con)
|Bill Ethe-ridge (UKIP)
|Cath Hannon (Ind)
|Bob Jones (Lab)
|Ayoub Khan (Lib Dem)
|Mike Rumble (Ind)
|Derek Webley (Ind)
Bob Jones secured 42% of first preference votes (less than the
50% +1 vote threshold), therefore a second stage, where second
preference votes for each of the two candidates who secured the
highest number of first preference votes (Matt Bennett and Bob
Jones) were added to their totals, was required.