Mark Burns-Williamson

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Mark Burns-Williamson

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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded byOffice Created
Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority
In office
June 2003 – October 2012
Chair of the Association of Police Authorities
In office
October 2011 – October 2012
Personal details
Born1964 (age 55–56)
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materBradford University
Websitewww.mark4westyorkshire.co.uk

Mark Burns-Williamson,OBE (born 1964) is a British Labour Party politician and the current West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He is the former chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority[1] and has been the councillor for Castleford Central and Glasshoughton Ward since the Wakefield District Council elections in 1998.[2]

Early life[edit]

Burns-Williamson was born in 1964 in Castleford, Yorkshire, England. His employment has spanned over 20 years in public and private sector organisations, including West Yorkshire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureaux, CableTel Ltd, The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Halifax Plc. He is also a graduate of Bradford University (History/Politics Bsc Joint Hons), president of Glasshoughton Cricket Club, an ex rugby player and a lifelong rugby supporter.[3] He is flat-footed; his childhood friends nicknamed him Wombat because of this.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Burns-Williamson was elected to represent the ward of Castleford Central and Glasshoughton when he successfully contested the 1998 Wakefield Council elections, in West Yorkshire. Following this, he became a member of West Yorkshire Police Authority in 1999 and chair of the authority in June 2003. After joining the board of the Association of Police Authorities in 2003, he was made the board's deputy chair in 2009 and in October 2011 he was elected chair of the Association of Police Authorities.[4]

Burns-Williamson was appointed an OBE for services to the Community and Policing in the 2012 Honours List.[5]

Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire[edit]

In June 2012, Burns-Williamson announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the 2012 England and Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections for the West Yorkshire Police area.[6] In October 2012, he stood down as the chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in order to continue his candidacy for PCC.[7] In the November election, he was elected after the second round of counting.[8]

In 2020, Burns-Williamson was forced to apologise when it was discovered his office had been hiding a hard drive containing child pornography owned by ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds Neil Taggart.[9]

Election results[edit]

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, 2016
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Mark Burns-Williamson 260,271 49.67% 35,543 295,814 66.3%
Conservative Allan Doherty 119,338 22.78% 30,788 150,126 33.7%
UKIP Peter Corkindale 74,748 14.27%
Liberal Democrats Barry Golton 48,963 9.34%
English Democrat Therese Muchewicz 20,656 3.94%
Turnout 523,976 33.16%
Rejected ballots
Total votes
Registered electors
Labour hold
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, 2012 [10][11][12]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Mark Burns-Williamson 102,817 47.88% 11,919 114,736 61.5%
Independent Cedric Christie 49,299 22.96% 22,577 71,876 38.5%
Conservative Geraldine Carter 45,365 21.13%
Liberal Democrats Andrew Marchington 17,247 8.03%
Turnout 214,728 13.34%
Rejected ballots 8,277 3.71%
Total votes 223,005 13.85
Registered electors 1,609,615
Labour win
2012 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Burns-Williamson 2,306 76.3 +2.1
UKIP Alison Bullivant 482 15.9 +2.5
Conservative Eamonn Mullins 235 7.8 -4.2
Majority 1,824 60.3 -0.5
Turnout 3,023 24.8
Labour hold Swing
2008 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Burns-Williamson 1,775 54.1 -9.3
BNP Rita Robinson 854 26.1 +3.4
Conservative Eamonn Mullins 649 19.8 +6.0
Majority 921 28.0 -12.7
Turnout 3,278
Labour hold Swing
2004 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council election
Castleford Central and Glasshoughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Burns-Williamson 2,797
Labour Anthony Wallis 2,692
Labour Denise Jeffery 2,286
BNP Rita Robinson 948
Conservative Stanley Hick 507
Conservative Val Moorey 484
Conservative Joan Revitt 483
Turnout 10,197 36.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/latest-news/obe-new-year-honours-chair-31-dec-2011
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "About Mark - The Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire". West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/latest-news/chair-police-authority-collects-obe-23-feb-2012
  6. ^ http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/local/more-local-news/mark-to-stand-as-police-boss-1-4668032
  7. ^ http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/wypa/our-members
  8. ^ "Police and Crime Commissioner Election results 2012". Wakefield Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-51635721
  10. ^ "First Count Result" (PDF). Wakefield Council.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Certificate of Final Result" (PDF). Wakefield Council.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire – election results". Wakefield Council. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.

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