The starting gun is being fired in the battle to become Norfolk's next police and crime commissioner.

Nominations for the role open this Wednesday and the three main political parties have selected their prospective candidates.

Norfolk will go to the polls to vote for the commissioner - the elected official tasked with setting out the way crime is tackled by Norfolk police - on Thursday, May 2.

Eastern Daily Press: Giles Orpen-SmellieGiles Orpen-Smellie (Image: Newsquest)

Conservative Giles Orpen-Smellie currently holds the position, having won the 2021 election.

He has been reselected by the Tories and hopes to become the first person to hold the role for a second term.

Eastern Daily Press: Sarah TaylorSarah Taylor (Image: Labour Party)

Labour has selected Sprowston-born Sarah Taylor, a district councillor in Dereham, as their candidate.

Eastern Daily Press: John CroftsJohn Crofts (Image: Liberal Democrats)

And the Liberal Democrats have picked former headteacher John Crofts, a Norfolk county councillor for Freebridge Lynn, as their candidate.

More than 230,000 voted in the 2021 election. In previous years, the election used the supplementary vote, where voters could choose a first and second choice.

If a candidate did not get 50pc of the vote in the first round, the second choices of the other candidates were redistributed to the top two candidates - and the winner was the one with the most votes.

However, this year, the first past the post system will be used, so the candidate who gets the most votes will be the victor.

Last time Mr Orpen-Smellie got 103,980 votes in the first round, compared to 51,056 for Labour's candidate Michael Rosen.

Mr Crofts, who is standing again was third, with 31,666, Green Martin Schmierer got 23,469 and independent David Moreland garnered 20,473.

Because Mr Orpen-Smellie's share at 45.08pc of the vote did not meet the 50pc threshold, there was a second round, in which he picked up another 16,014 of second choice votes to finish with 119,994.

That was well clear of the 69,552 Labour's Mr Rosen finished with, after 18,496 of second choice votes were added to his tally.

Police and crime commissioners set force budgets, decide crime prioritise and can fire and hire chief constables.

Candidates must submit their nomination papers in person at the Horizon Centre in Peachman Way, Norwich by 4pm on Friday, April 5.

The full list of nominations will then be published.

In order to vote in the election, people must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday, April 16. It can be done online at