Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Election Update -

Labour's candidate Andy Sawford has won the Corby by-election with a majority of over 7,791. Andy was previously chief executive at the Local Government Information Unit.

In the other two Parliamentary by-elections last week, Lucy Powell won Manchester Central for Labour to become the city’s first female Labour MP and Stephen Doughty won Cardiff South & Penarth.

13 new Labour Police and Crime Commissioners have been elected, along with 16 Conservatives and 12 Independents. No Liberal Democrat candidates were successful. You can view a breakdown of the full results and further analysis. The LGA Labour Group Office will be contacting all new Labour PCCs this week to see what support might be useful from the LGA.

Just one in six voters took part in the PCC elections, with the Electoral Commission expressing "concern for democracy" and due to investigate the low turnout.

Labour's candidate Marvin Rees came second in the Bristol Mayor contest. The new Mayor, George Ferguson had been a Liberal Democrat councillor first elected as a Liberal in the 1970s, standing twice in the 1980s as a Liberal Parliamentary candidate, before resigning from the Liberal Democrats in May 2012 shortly before announcing he would stand as an independent candidate for Mayor.

People in Hartlepool voted to abolish the role of directly elected mayor in the town, following a referendum held last week.

source LGA Labour Group 

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