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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…


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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.

See follow up story on Ian Stewart's speech and promises - click here

Photos by Gareth Lyons

Salfordian wrote
at 3:55:38 PM on Friday, May 4, 2012
Such a bad turnout again and then nearly 4,000 people voting for O'Sullivan and Massey. It's a disgrace.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 12:45:08 PM on Friday, May 4, 2012
A politician making promises. I can hardly wait.
 
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