Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

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Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent
Appointer Electorate of Stoke-on-Trent
Precursor Council Leader
Formation 2002
First holder Mike Wolfe
Final holder Mark Meredith
Abolished 2009
Succession Council Leader

The Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent was an executive mayoralty that existed from 2002 to 2009,[1] when the executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council was a directly elected mayor. The authority was unique in being the only authority in England with an elected major and council manager.[2] The first mayor was Mike Wolfe, a former manager of the Citizen's Advice Bureau in the city. He had stood as an independent, but was defeated by Mark Meredith representing the Labour Party in 2005.[3] A referendum was held on 24 October 2008. Residents voted in favour of a return to the council leader and cabinet system.[4] There was controversy when it was revealed three years later that plans to close a swimming pool in the city had been agreed privately by the former major.[5]

Referendum[edit]

2002[edit]

Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent referendum
2 May 2002
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Elected Mayor 28,601 58.2
Cabinet System 20,578 41.8
Required majority 50
Total votes 0
Source: House of Commons Library[6]

2008[edit]

Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent referendum
23 October 2008
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Cabinet System 21,231 59
Elected Mayor 14,592 41
Required majority 50
Total votes 0
Source: This is Staffordshire[7]

2002[edit]

Stoke-on-Trent Mayoral Election 23 October 2002 [8]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % Transfers 2nd Round  %  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Mayor 4 Stoke Mike Wolfe 9,356 21.3% 3,337 12,693 50.6%
Labour George Stevenson 9,752 22.2% 2,627 12,379 49.4%
BNP Steven Batkin 8,213 18.7%
Conservative Roger Ibbs 4,417 10.0%
Independent Geoffery Snow 3,975 9.0%
Liberal Democrat Fred Morrow 1,826 5.5%
Independent Paul Breeze 1,349 3.1%
Independent Patricia Whitehouse 1,280 2.9%
Independent Graham Wilkes 1,157 2.6%
Adrian Knapper Independent Party Adrian Knapper 708 1.6%
Independent Harry Chesters 453 1.0%
Mayor 4 Stoke win

2005[edit]

Stoke-on-Trent Mayoral Election, 5 May 2005 [9]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % Transfers 2nd Round  %  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Labour Mark Meredith 27,253 32.9% 9,708 36,961 61.5%
Conservative Roger Ibbs 16,211 19.5% 6,919 23,130 38.5%
Supports Green Shoots Mike Wolfe 15,882 19.1%
BNP Steven Batkin 15,776 19.0%
Independent Gary Chevin 4,505 5.4%
Independent Justine Harvey 1,955 2.4%
Independent Gary Falconer 1,368 1.6%
Labour gain from Mayor 4 Stoke

List of mayors[edit]

References[edit]