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SALFORD MAYOR IS IAN STEWART
 

Star date: 4th May 2012

IAN STEWART FIRST ELECTED MAYOR OF SALFORD  

Ian Stewart became Salford's first elected Mayor this afternoon, promising a more open and transparent Council. Stewart polled 46% of all the votes in Round One, just 4% less than the 50% required to avoid a Second Round. 

In the Second Round play off, Stewart amassed more than double the votes of Tory contender Karen Garrido – 23,459 votes to Garrido's 10,071.

The turnout was a shocking 26.05% and almost 3000 voting slips were rejected, more than many of the candidates managed to get in total.

Further details here…


Ian Stewart romped home in the race to become Salford's first elected Mayor this afternoon, after a second round ballot saw him with more than double the votes of his closest contender, Tory, Karen Garrido.

After Round One of the poll the total votes for each candidate were…

Ian Stewart – Labour – 20,663
Karen Garrido – Conservative – 8055
Bernard Gill – UKIP – 3,368
Pat Ward – Independent – 2,665
Norman Owen – Liberal Democrat – 2,148
Eddy O'Sullivan – BNP – 2,026
Paul Massey – Independent – 1,995
Mike Felse – English Democrat – 1,616
Joe O'Neill – Green Party – 1,273
Michael Moulding – Community Action Party, Exposing Political Fraudsters – 1,065

Only the top four candidates saved their deposit. LibDem Leader Norman Owen lost his deposit, as did all the other bottom place candidates. All were eliminated from the Second Round, bar Stewart and Garrido, and people's second choice votes for these candidates were re-allotted.

After the Second Round, Ian Stewart's votes totalled 23,459 and Karen Garrido's 10,071. Ian Stewart was duly declared Salford's first elected Mayor.

2,913 voting slips in total were rejected during Rounds One and Two, raising questions about the voting system used.

More details of the count to follow shortly…

Jim wrote
at 17:10:08 on 17 May 2012
He's promising a more open and transparent Council, yet in 2007 as MP for Eccles he voted moderately against a transparent Parliament, this remains to be seen.
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 21:55:46 on 04 May 2012
Well done Ian I am sure that once you assume your role as the Emporer of Salford almost everyone will comment on your fine new clothes.
 
Bob Jones wrote
at 21:55:08 on 04 May 2012
I am not a beliver in god, but please if you are up their, if you exist, please help the people of Salford. We are doomed with Stewart it will be the same old shit towing the party line all voting together and screwing all of Salford to better themselves. As for the 2913 voids, they would not make a difference but it shows what a bollocks system the transferable vote is. If we need such a system why not have it as in the French presidential elections where round one narrows it down to two canidates, then a week later everone votes again in a two horse race. I think the result would have been much closer given them option of same old labour or a fresh start for Salford with the conservative candidate.
 
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