LABOUR'S Vera Baird has won the first ever Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election.
The former MP for Redcar, won with 101, 170 votes.
Conservative candidate Phil Bulter took 45,845 votes, Liberal Democrat took 13,916 votes and UKIP's Alisatair Baxter received 18,876.
Dire turnouts across the country threatened to undermine the first generation of police and crime commissioners (PCC) today with as few as 10% of voters casting their ballots in some areas.
Fears of poor participation in the election of the new commissioners appeared to be confirmed as the first results came in, with Wiltshire declaring an overall turnout of 15.8%.
But it was even lower in parts of the county, where Tory candidate Angus Macpherson was elected, with only 10.41% taking part in Devizes.
Even in Humberside, where Lord Prescott’s name on the ballot paper raised the profile of the election, turnout was only 19.48%.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper accused the Government of ignoring warnings of a low turnout and said the elections had been "a complete shambles“.
Police Minister Damian Green said it would have been "better“ if more people voted, but added: "The measure of this policy is not the turnout, it’s what the police and crime commissioners achieve over the next few years.”