Police commissioner named

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, county coun Tim Ashton. Picture Garth Hamer
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, county coun Tim Ashton. Picture Garth Hamer

LYTHAM’S Tim Ashton has failed in his bid to become Lancashire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Lancashire county councillor Mr Ashton stepped down from his role as cabinet member for highways and transport to concentrate on his campaign.

However, he lost out by around 6,000 votes to Labour candidate Clive Grunshaw from Fleetwood.

Mr Ashton won four of the 14 regional polls in the county, including his home area of Fylde.

But Mr Grunshaw took nine of the seats, and Liberal Democrat Afshal Anwar, one.

Robert Drobny of the UK Independence Party failed to win any of the polls.

Turnout across the county was 15.5 per cent.

Mr Ashton had said if elected he would provide good policing and be “critical but supportive” of Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.

“I will lead the force with firm direction while letting the chief constable manage the operations,” he added.