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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Live Twitter feedback from the first ever Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

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Remember, Remember the 15th November

After months of apathy, the Police and Crime Commissioner elections are starting to provoke strong reactions.

To mark the first ever PCC elections on 15 November 2012, here’s a collection of typical tweets curated via Storify.

They’ll be updated through the day.

 

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