Mayor of Salford

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Mayor of Salford
Incumbent
Ian Stewart

since 4 May 2012
Style No courtesy title or style
Appointer Electorate of Salford
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Ian Stewart
Formation 2012
Website http://citymayor.salford.gov.uk

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.

Policies[edit]

In 2013 the Mayor urged the government to rethink spending cuts claiming thousands of residents will be pushed further into Poverty, Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart said: “Salford has been forced to cut almost £100 million from council services since 2010. We have tried to increase our income in a number of ways, but it is an uphill battle. “Without this funding I fear for the many families who are being asked to contribute more, whilst they have suffered a loss in benefits income.[2]

In October 2013 Stewart Launched the 'City Plan' which set the priories of Salford City Council over the next three years. Stewart said: “It is my firm hope that the City Plan will help to guide Salford through austerity and the £75million in Government cuts to council services which we face over the next three years.[2]

Ian Stewart Welcomed the convictions and praised the work of Salford City Council trading Standards Officers after a Sex Slave was discovered in an eccles cellar. Mr Stewart said: “We believe this girl was brought into the country illegally in 2000 and fell into the clutches of these evil men when she was just 10 years old.[2]

Referendum[edit]

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.[3] The poll was held on 26 January 2012.

Mayor of Salford referendum
26 January 2012
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed 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/turnout 171,790 18.09%
Source: Salford City Council[4]

Elections[edit]

2012[edit]

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.[5] 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. [6]


Salford Mayoral Election 3 May 2012 [7]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Labour Ian Stewart 20,663 46.04% 2,796 23,459
Conservative Karen Garrido 8,055 17.96% 2,016 10,071
UKIP Bernard Gill 3,368 7.50%
Independent Pat Ward 2,665 5.94%
Liberal Democrat Norman Owen 2,148 4.79%
BNP Edward O'Sullivan 2,026 4.51%
Independent Paul Massey 1,995 4.45%
English Democrats Michael Felse 1,616 3.60%
Green Joseph O'Neill 1,273 2.84%
Community Action Michael Moulding 1,065 2.37%
Labour win

List of Mayors[edit]

Political party Name Entered office Left office
Labour Ian Stewart 26 Jan 2012 Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salford referendum votes for directly elected mayor". BBC. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Salford City Mayor urges government to rethink funding cut". MG. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Salford set to vote on elected mayor after petition handed in". BBC. 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mayoral Referendum result: 26 January 2012". Salford Borough Council. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Labour's Ian Stewart is Salford's first directly-elected mayor". BBC. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "BBC News - Salford mayor candidate Paul Massey 'not a criminal'". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Labour's Ian Stewart is Salford's first directly-elected mayor". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.