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Postscript: the 2005 mayoral elections

Colin Copus

in Leading the Localities

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780719071867
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701379 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071867.003.0010
Postscript: the 2005 mayoral elections

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The results of the 2005 mayoral elections delivered the re-election of one independent and one Labour incumbent; the defeat of one independent mayor (in Stoke-on-Trent), who did not even make it through to the second round; and the defeat of the Conservative mayor in North Tyneside; Labour candidates won the Stoke and North Tyneside battles, bringing Labour's total number of elected mayors to seven (including the mayor of London). The victory of Stuart Drummond's re-election was particularly surprising given the local Labour Party's confidence at its chances of winning the mayoralty. The 2005 results illustrate a resurgence on the part of the main political parties in taking mayoral offices. The 2005 results, as far as winning candidates go, if not votes, indicate a shift back to what might be considered ‘politics as usual’.

Keywords: 2005 mayoral elections; Conservative mayor; North Tyneside; Stoke; elected mayors; Stuart Drummond; Labour Party; mayoral offices

Chapter.  1078 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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