Polls open in Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election
Voters across North East Lincolnshire are going to the polls today to elect their first police and crime commissioner.
Polling stations opened at 7am this morning and will close at 10pm.
People across the Humber region are being asked to choose their first and second preference for who should take on the £75,000-a-year role.
The result is expected to be announced tomorrow afternoon.
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Turnout for the election is expected to be low.
There are seven candidates standing for the role, which will replace Humberside Police Authority.
• UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom, a Euro MP.
• Liberal Democrat Simone Butterworth, former Hull City Council leader and current city councillor.
• Independent Paul Davison, former Humberside Police Chief Superintendent and commander of police in the East Riding.
• Independent Neil Eyre, former soldier and project manager.
• Conservative Matthew Grove, current East Riding councillor.
• Labour’s Lord Prescott, former deputy Prime Minister and Hull East MP.
• Independent Walter Sweeney, bed and breakfast owner and former Tory MP.
Bookmaker William Hill closed betting on the result yesterday, with Lord Prescott the favourite at 1/3.
Independent candidate Paul Davison is second favourite with odds of 7/2, with Conservative Matthew Grove at 6/1.
Graham Sharp, of William Hill, said: "It is fair to say John Prescott's odds have drifted a bit. They were a lot shorter.
"Matthew Grove's odds have come in a lot and Paul Davison has stayed in roughly the same place. We are seeing it as potentially a three-horse race between them.
"It is very difficult to bet on this sort of thing, however, as there is no precedent.
"We have no idea what the turnout will be like, so we will be fascinated to see the result."