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Lord Prescott fails in PCC poll bid

Lord Prescott has failed in his bid to become a police and crime commissioner.

The former deputy prime minister led after the first round of votes in the Humberside race.

But, after second preference votes were totted up in The Spa, Bridlington, he was overtaken by Tory local businessman and councillor Matthew Grove.

Speaking after his defeat Lord Prescott, 74, said he did not think he would be standing for election again.

He congratulated Mr Grove in his speech from the podium but told the hall he reduced a technical 30,000 Tory majority to 2,000.

After the first round Lord Prescott led the race. But after all the second preference votes were reallocated, Mr Grove beat his Labour rival by 42,164 to 39,933.

Lord Prescott said: "I said at the beginning, this a Tory marginal seat. It's not a safe Labour seat. It's not even a Labour seat."

Asked if he will be putting himself up for election again, he said: "I've always been in public service rather than anywhere else. And I don't think I'll be standing for election, no.

"But this was one occasion where you were required to have lived in the actual constituency, I was one of the constituency, I always wanted to make service so I put my name forward and you have the results today.

"I got nearly got it, didn't I?

"It would have been nice but it wasn't so. The people have spoken."

Lord Prescott laughed when someone reminded him it was the first time he had personally lost an election race.

He said: "I've always been winning but I knew when I started it was a marginal seat.

"But it's nothing to be defeated in a democracy, is it?

"I've done what I have to do. I've put Labour's case, I think I've put it effectively, and I've missed it by a couple of cents."

He laughed again when reporters asked if his wife, Pauline, wanted him to retire.

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