mayoral elections, Labour MP George Stevenson told BBC Radio Four's Today
programme this morning.
Mike Wolf, an independent candidate who is a gay rights activist and who has
run the Citizens Advice Bureau in the city for 20 years.
Mr Stevenson, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, said the result could be due to the fact that the elected
mayor is a new role. 'We are talking unknown territory here and quite a
number of people voted for Mike because of that', he said.
He rejected the idea that the result is a reaction against mainstream
politicians. 'But clearly we've got serious challenges in the Labour party',
he told Today.
The BNP candidate came third in Stoke and told the programme that the
election had been fixed against him.
Today reported. Only in Hackneydid the Labour candidate - council leader
Jules Pipe - win.