Three elected mayors have gained new terms in office, one incumbent was given the push and one city council gained its first elected mayor following last week’s polls.
Former MP Sir Peter Soulsby (Lab) started work on Monday as Leicester City Council’s first elected mayor after securing more than four times the number of votes than his closest rival.
Sir Peter, who resigned his commons seat in March to stand for the city council role, took 55% of the cast votes in Thursday’s election, collecting 46,948 votes.
Second in the mayoral race was Conservative candidate Ross Grant who 9,688 garnered votes. Turnout was 40.7%.
Follwing the result, Sir Peter said he had “an exciting vision for the city” that he was looking forward to putting into practice.
Torbay Council has a new elected mayor in the shape of Gordon Oliver (Con), who polled 12,716 to defeat incumbent Nick Bye (Ind) on 9,361.
At Middlesbrough BC, Ray Mallon (Ind) was returned to a third term as elected mayor, as was Mansfield DC’s Tony Eggington (Ind).
Bedford BC elected mayor Dave Hodgson (Lib-Dem) was re-elected for a second term at the authority.
Great Yarmouth BC residents voted against the introduction of an elected mayor by a margin of three to two.
There were 15,595 “no” votes cast against 10,051 “yes” ballot papers from a turnout of 36%.