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New elected mayors start work after polls

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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%.

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  • Roger

    One departing member of staff did ask me if the ongoing pressure to bring the politicians ever closer to the operational side of the council might not be akin to 'the lunatics taking over the asylum'.
    There wasn't any bitterness in the question, but more a concern that, apart from a core of the very ambitious, most elected members stood for election on the basis of wanting to improve things by being one of the stokers rather than becoming the engine driver.
    As this culling of the 'expensive' professionals from local government, in favour of the ambitious (but generally totally unqualified) volunteer picks up pace, how long will it be before we begin to see reports of serious shortcomings in the operation of this or that local authority? Accepting of course that Anglesey managed to do this under the existing system!
    Are we in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past, where a previous government felt that, to the longterm detriment of us all, some local authorites had too much financial power and were using it in such a cavalier fashion, that centralised control was the only answer?
    Would anybody care to forecast how long it will be before we find ourselves back where were pre-General Election?
    Or will the drive to professionalise the elected member, prevent that happening and we are now on the road to a political system similar to one one we all now so admire, the good ol' USA?

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