WEST Yorkshire’s first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged not to take his full £100,000 salary.
Mark Burns-Williamson made the promise after being elected to the new post yesterday.
The Labour man was elected to the job with 114,736 votes, beating his nearest rival, independent candidate and ex-policeman Cedric Christie, who gained 71,876 votes.
Conservative Geraldine Carter and Lib Dem Andrew Marchington were eliminated after the first count, finishing third and fourth respectively.
Mr Burns-Williamson, who has chaired the West Yorkshire Police Authority for 10 years, blasted the Government for calling a standalone November election in which only 13.8% of voters took part.
But despite the poor turnout Mr Burns-Williamson said he believed he had a mandate to take the new role.
Mr Burns-Williamson, from Castleford, also criticised the Government for making ‘irresponsible’ cuts to West Yorkshire Police and promised to fight Government cuts, especially on frontline officers.
He pledged to increase the accountability of the force and increase ‘trust and transparency’.