Counting taking place for the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Counting taking place for the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner election. Credit: LDRS

LABOUR topped the police and crime commissioner vote in all but one area of Gwent to secure victory for Jane Mudd. 

The Newport council leader was seen as the front runner for the post which has been held by Labour’s Jeff Cuthbert, who is retiring, since 2016. 

Labour currently holds all Parliamentary and Senedd constituency seats in Gwent other than Monmouthshire, where voters went for Tory candidate Hannah Jarvis as their choice to be the person to oversee the police. 

But that wasn’t enough to secure a victory across the area as Labour’s support was enough to secure victory despite a swing to the Tories across Gwent. 

Commissioners were last elected in 2021, on the same day as the Senedd elections, which saw turnout for the Welsh Parliament vote at 46.6 per cent. 

With no other elections on Thursday in Wales turnout for a standalone police and crime commissioner ballots was much lower, with the turnout across Gwent being 15.63 per cent which meant from a total electorate of 442,154 just 69,124 votes were cast. The turnout is only slightly higher than the 14.9 per cent, across Wales, for the first PCC elections in 2012 the only previous time they were held on their own. 

Comparisons with 2021 are difficult as the voting system has changed from one where voters ranked candidates in order of preference to first past the post and as there were more candidates standing. 

Topping the poll in Monmouthshire will be seen as encouragement for the Conservatives, ahead of the UK general election that must be held by the end of January, as Labour had taken the county council there from the Tories at the 2022 local elections. 

Welsh Secretary David Davies will be defending Monmouth at the election and the leader of the council’s Conservative group Richard John said he was encouraged by the result.  

He said: “I think it shows the Conservative voters are sticking with us, we can’t ever taken any vote for granted and have to demonstrate we are listening to the public and delivering on their priorities and David (Davies) feels that and as councillors we’ll continue to work with him and Peter (Fox, Monmouthshire MS) in the months before the general election.” 

How the results broke down 

Gwent result

Jane Mudd (Welsh Labour & Cooperative) Elected 28, 476  

  • Hannah Jarvis (Welsh Conservative) 21,919  
  • Donna Cushing (Plaid Cymru) 9,864 
  • Mike Hamilton (Welsh Liberal Democrats) 8,078  
  • Spoilt ballots: 787 

Turnout: 15.63 per cent 69,124  

By council area  

Blaenau Gwent  

  • Labour: 3,057  
  • Conservative: 1,362 
  • Plaid Cymru: 1,065  
  • Liberal Democrats: 554 
  • Spoilt ballots: 68 

Turnout: 12.17 per cent  

Caerphilly Borough Council 

  • Labour: 7,635 
  • Conservative: 4,518  
  • Plaid Cymru: 4,315 
  • Liberal Democrats: 1,723 
  • Spoilt ballots: 214 

Turnout: 13.93 per cent 


  • Conservative: 6,653 
  • Labour: 5,744 
  • Liberal Democrats: 1,855 
  • Plaid Cymru: 1,168 
  • Spoilt ballots: 181 

Turnout: 21.20 per cent  


  • Labour: 7,905 
  • Conservative: 6,382 
  • Liberal Democrats: 2,823 
  • Plaid Cymru: 2,032 
  • Spoilt ballots: 217 

Turnout: 16.88 per cent 


  • Labour: 4,135 
  • Conservative: 3,004 
  • Plaid Cymru: 1,284
  • Liberal Democrats: 1,123 
  • Spoilt ballots: 107 

Turnout: 13.49 per cent.