Mayor of Salford
Coat of arms of the City 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

The Mayor of Salford is a directly elected politician responsible for the executive functions of Salford City Council, 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 ceremonial mayor of Salford.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The GMCA is made up of 11 constituent members: the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and the 10 leaders, nominated by each of Greater Manchester's constituent authorities. The Mayor of Salford is the only directly elected council leader in Greater Manchester. [2]

Referendum

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

2012

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
 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 Democrats 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

2016

Salford Mayoral Election 5 May 2016 [8][9]
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

2021

The election was scheduled to take place in May 2020 but was delayed to 6 May 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic, it took place alongside other local and regional elections in the United Kingdom.

Salford Mayoral Election 6 May 2021 [10]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Paul Dennett 30,892 59.0%
Conservative Arnie Saunders 12,234 23.4%
Green Wendy Olsen 4,585 8.8%
Independent Stephen Ord 1,890 3.6%
Liberal Democrats Jake Overend 1,716 3.3%
Independent Stuart Cremins 1,036 2.0%
Turnout 53,509 28.76%
Labour hold

2024

The 2024 Salford mayoral election is due to be held on 2 May 2024, alongside the 2024 Salford City Council elections, the 2024 Greater Manchester mayoral election and other local elections across England and Wales.

This election will be the first to use first-past-the-post to elect the mayor as a result of changes made to electoral law by the Elections Act 2022.

List of mayors

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

References

  1. ^ "Salford referendum votes for directly elected mayor". BBC. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the GMCA & Other Bodies" (PDF). Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  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. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Labour's Ian Stewart is Salford's first directly-elected mayor". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  8. ^ "City Mayor election - Thursday 5 May 2016". Salford City Council. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Salford mayor named as Paul Dennett". BBC. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Mayor of Salford - Mayoral results scoreboard". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2021.