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The Mayor of Salford is a directly elected post created in 2012 for the City of Salford in Greater Manchester.[1] The position is different from the long-existing and largely ceremonial, annually appointed civic mayor of Salford.

Mayor of Salford
Incumbent
Paul Dennett

since 6 May 2016
StyleNo courtesy title or style
AppointerElectorate of Salford
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderIan Stewart
Formation2012
Websitecitymayor.salford.gov.uk

ReferendumEdit

A petition of 10,500 Salford residents, started by the English Democrats, on a referendum on the creation of a directly elected mayor. triggered the process of establishing a directly elected Mayor for Salford.[2] The poll was held on 26 January 2012.

Mayor of Salford referendum
26 January 2012
Choice Votes %
  Elected Mayor 17,344 55.92
Cabinet System 13,653 44.08
Valid votes 30,997 99.70
Invalid or blank votes 94 0.30
Total votes 31,091 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 171,790 18.09
Source: Salford City Council[3]

ElectionsEdit

2012Edit

In the first election for a directly elected mayor in May 2012, Ian Stewart, a Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eccles from 1997 until 2010, was elected.[4] During the campaign controversy surrounded Independent candidate Paul Massey who stated that he is not a criminal, after he was arrested in connection with allegations of money laundering.[5]

Salford Mayoral Election 3 May 2012 [6]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Ian Stewart 20,663 46.0% 2,796 23,459 70.0%
Conservative Karen Garrido 8,055 18.0% 2,016 10,071 30.0%
UKIP Bernard Gill 3,368 7.5%
Independent Pat Ward 2,665 5.9%
Liberal Democrat Norman Owen 2,148 4.8%
BNP Edward O'Sullivan 2,026 4.5%
Independent Paul Massey 1,995 4.5%
English Democrat Michael Felse 1,616 3.6%
Green Joseph O'Neill 1,273 2.8%
Community Action Michael Moulding 1,065 2.4%
Labour win

2016Edit

Salford Mayoral Election 5 May 2016 [7][8]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Paul Dennett 24,209 49.6% 4,123 28,332 66.2%
Conservative Robin Garrido 11,810 24.2% 2,674 14,484 33.8%
UKIP Owen Hammond 8,668 17.7%
Green Wendy Olsen 4,158 8.5%
Labour hold

List of MayorsEdit

Political party Name Entered office Left office
Labour Ian Stewart May 2012 May 2016
Labour Paul Dennett May 2016 Incumbent

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Salford referendum votes for directly elected mayor". BBC. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Salford set to vote on elected mayor after petition handed in". BBC. 29 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Mayoral Referendum result: 26 January 2012". Salford Borough Council. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Labour's Ian Stewart is Salford's first directly-elected mayor". BBC. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  5. ^ "BBC News - Salford mayor candidate Paul Massey 'not a criminal'". Bbc.co.uk. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Labour's Ian Stewart is Salford's first directly-elected mayor". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  7. ^ "City Mayor election - Thursday 5 May 2016". Salford City Council. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Salford mayor named as Paul Dennett". BBC. Retrieved 6 May 2016.