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LABOUR PARTY PAUL DENNETT ELECTED MAYOR OF SALFORD
 

Star date: 6th May 2016

LABOUR WINS MAYOR CONTEST ON SECOND BALLOT

"We can provide for the vulnerable; we can give voice to those without power" Paul Dennett

The Labour Party's Paul Dennett was elected as the new Salford City Mayor this afternoon on second preference votes, after failing to reach the 50% threshold by 0.5%.

Almost 3,000 ballot papers were rejected during the count but it made little difference as Dennett had a 13,848 majority at the end of the second ballot, with Conservative candidate Robin Garrido coming second. UKIP came third overall with the Green Party fourth.

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The Labour Party's Paul Dennett was elected as the new Salford City Mayor this afternoon after second preference votes were taken into account.

The first ballot saw Dennett poll 24,209 votes, followed by the Conservative Party's Robin Garrido with 11,810, UKIP's Owen Hammond with 8,668 and the Green Party's Wendy Olsen with 4,158 votes. It left Dennett 0.5% short of the 50% needed to avoid a further count with second preference votes included.

With UKIP and the Green Party eliminated and their second preference votes re-allocated, the final result was a total victory for Paul Dennett with 28,332 votes, way in front of Robin Garrido's 14,484 votes. There was also a massive 2,907 rejected ballot papers over the two counts.

Dennett's acceptance speech paid tribute to outgoing Mayor, Ian Stewart, who, he said "has served this city with passion and dedication governing, in my opinion, with a genuine devotion to the city and with the warmest of hearts."

Following Stewart's failed promises of openness and transparency during his acceptance speech four years ago, Dennett didn't go near the subject, instead slating the Tories for the "onslaught of austerity and local government cuts", while posing an "alternative"...

"...We can invest to create jobs, opportunities and training and skills for our residents which blend towards fulfilling lives; we can provide for the vulnerable; we can give voice to those without power" he said "It will be my solemn pledge to do justice to the ambitions and dreams of people who have granted me this role..."

The Conservative's Robin Garrido hoped the new Mayor "will take on board that it's time now to start looking ahead; it's time now to say we have a budget and it has to be managed for all residents of Salford". He added that the Tories were continuing "to climb mountains" in Salford and hoped to work with Dennett  "in trying to improve the quality of life for the people of Salford over the next few years".

Meanwhile, the Green Party declared joy at their percentage of votes in the election...

"I'm really excited that we've tripled our vote in the Mayor election count" said Greens candidate Wendy Olsen "We stood in the last election and we got less than 3% of the vote and we're now on just under 9%. We also had second preference votes from about half of Salford I think!

"We are now going to be concerned with distinguishing ourselves from Labour" she added "And we are growing our support."

Meanwhile one of Paul Dennett's first jobs, as an `anti-austerity' candidate will be to decide whether to accept the Tory Government's offer for a set four year budget with built-in cuts.


For the Salford Star report on last night's local election results - click here

RayofSunshine wrote
at 11:25:30 on 10 May 2016
Michael, apart from your on self interest, what do you really believe in? It is a fact that earlier in the Mayoral Campaign you openly supported UKIP, a reactionary, xenophobic and homophobia party! Quite frankly, my vacuum cleaner is more qualified to be Deputy Mayor than you!
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 18:26:19 on 09 May 2016
There is no shame in offering to support our new Mayor. This will be a difficult year as the Tories demand more cuts. Yes "SunnyRay" I urge fringe and none voters to back Mayor Dennett. If he must cut spending on nice things to protect people in need, yes, I say cut the Mayor. Of course I step forward offering to do it unpaid as a Salford good citizen.
 
RayofSunshine wrote
at 15:19:11 on 09 May 2016
Has Michael F else got any shame?? Over the last few weeks he has switched from Pro Labour to being a cheerleader for UKIP and and now back to Labour! His nauseating attempt now to offer himself up as a potential Deputy Mayor really takes the biscuit. A prolonged period of silence from this brazen opportunist Would be most welcome.
 
The Fat End of The Wedge wrote
at 07:26:46 on 09 May 2016
Regarding openness and transparency, Mr. Dennett covers this on his website, so feel free to hold him to account at the first fail: "I pledge to be a true community politician, I will always maintain channels of communication between myself, my constituents and local campaigners and keep close contact with members. My door will always be open, ensuring that neither myself or the Party will never lose touch with the needs of the City's residents." and: "I will be directly accessible to party members and the public. I will also maintain a newsletter to members, informing them of my activities and what is being done to push Salford. If elected, I will ensure the office of Mayor is always in touch with the needs of the city’s residents."
 
white wrote
at 13:30:45 on 08 May 2016
Salford council employee (ex): Don’t be too free with your congratulations until you find out who he appoints to his cabinet. I might be cynical, but I’m not holding my breath to see a new broom effect.
 
Booted of Broughton wrote
at 13:30:36 on 08 May 2016
Well done Paul and all that jazz, but considering his predecessor's pathetic inability to inspire or transform our city whatsoever it shouldn't be hard for him to do one better than Ian Stewart.... Since Salford is the only part of the Greater Manchester "city region" which has an elected city mayor the position is somewhat of an anomaly. Next year we get to vote for another ambiguous if not pointless figure of bureaucracy "Mayor of Greater Manchester". Who knew? The post is currently held by Tony Lloyd (appointed, not elected). Unlike Greater London there will be NO elected "assembly" to hold this "super" Mayor to account.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 13:30:02 on 08 May 2016
Great to read many post election comments, a good sign. Salford has caused a stir that can spiral into success with Paul Dennett. I will be honored to help use my experiences in equality, diversity, inclusion, health, wellbeing or in just knowing how my 35 years same sex relationship has known how to combate hate. With me this week nominated for a National Award in Training Leadership I am proud to also be representing some good news for Salford. I would also say scrap the Ceremonial Mayor and spend savings to protect the services to vulnerable people. Making ceremonial Mayor a Civic Alderman would make more sense. Unpaid, doing good across the City. I would be willing to do that for free, any others wanting to see new methods work to save Salford? It is up to our new Mayor to stand tall and face it all together with us all.
 
Salford council employee (ex) wrote
at 10:51:20 on 08 May 2016
Congratulations Mr Dennett at last Salford has a chance of a new beginning now the Dictatorial Mayor Ian Stewart and his Deputy council lot Lancaster has gone. Take the opportunity to bring fresh blood; Get rid of those old timers who have bowed to Stewart and ruined this City; Antrobus head of planning has ruined this City; Merry head of children's what on earth has he ever achieved; gena Merritt. Who as an ex Deputy headteacher knows all about just drivin desks and not much else;Paula Boswell, Lancaster mate! Then turn to your highly paid and underworked senior council officers, don't create another Spicer or Vickers
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 07:05:25 on 08 May 2016
Paul Dennett is to be congratulated on his victory. We were promised openness and transparency by his predecessor but it never materialised so Paul will hopefully rebuild bridges and foster new relationships. We in the anti cuts movement hope to see a real campaign against the Tories, one which extends to more than a couple of banners and a petition which after 3 months has only 150 signatures. How about a conference of Labour councils to agree a concerted approach to the government's austerity plans??
 
Steve Birch wrote
at 07:05:02 on 08 May 2016
The Right Worshipful Ceremonial Mayor Elect of the City of Salford will be holding afternoon tea on Wosley Green for 200 people as part of her (Karen Garrodo's) Civic Sunday celebrations. There will be 2 marquees and 2 portal loos erected on the green on Saturday 21st, there will be a security officer on site overnight. Any queries please contact 0161-793-3318 COME ON MR DENNET FIRST CHANCE TO MAKE A SAVING
 
J wrote
at 07:04:35 on 08 May 2016
Single people get one bedroom flats which are completely unsuitable for families.
 
wrote
at 07:04:20 on 08 May 2016
Yay!! The homophobes are making an appearance. Cretin!
 
TVZ wrote
at 07:04:12 on 08 May 2016
Sad to read the first, rather homophobic post in 2016.I thought certain blocks were for single people, regardless of their sexuality? That the poster mentions him being gay is the homophobic element .This has nothing to do with anything!
 
wrote
at 15:58:51 on 07 May 2016
When will the gay flag be flying from the Civic Centre. Is there to be priority given to single homosexuals or lesbians in giving out social housing and say sod families on the waiting list.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 11:50:32 on 07 May 2016
It's like Groundhog Day! Are we stuck with Labour until they get something right???
 
Fresh start wrote
at 11:50:28 on 07 May 2016
Ceremonial mayor needs to be scrapped and I have a feeling it will be. We don't need 2 mayors! Get rid of assistant mayors, go back to the cabinet system like all other councils. Get councillor contracts that make them work, which they do in Manchester. Utilise the fresh blood to make positive changes for the city.
 
wrote
at 11:49:57 on 07 May 2016
Labour allowing worst traffic lights in Salford to suffer another massive development. Paul Dennett is one of few in Salford now able to afford one of the flats. Sad them driving to Man United games will be caught in more disastrous lack of parking spaces. http://tinyurl.com/z9dyjna
 
Steve Birch wrote
at 09:38:12 on 07 May 2016
Best option, congratulations Paul Dennet, what now for Salfords Answer to the Clintons, perhaps Robin will be made assistant Cerimonial Mayor and drain even more cash from our depleted funds. First job, get rid of the none productive hangers on and distribute funds where needed.
 
wrote
at 08:04:53 on 07 May 2016
Perhaps now he will be able to afford to move from his present residence into something 'affordable'; affordable that is to someone on £60,000+
 
down but not out wrote
at 08:04:48 on 07 May 2016
Congratulations to Paul Dennett. I trust that now Paul is in post he will listen to his constituents, be transparent as he says and keeps his word unlike the last Mayor Ian Stewart. I also hope he shakes up all the Councillors that got through to get on with the job in hand and not forget who got you all in! We need productive measures, openness, outcomes and no shirking! We cannot continue to received more cuts to the vulnerable, they are the most important people not parks and business's. The people of Salford deserve your respect, and when they contact you with their concerns don't ignore them. We know you are all very busy people but so are we and you need to be prioritizing your work for the good of the people not yourselves! Good luck!!
 
Christopher Lawton wrote
at 08:04:27 on 07 May 2016
May God help us!
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 08:04:04 on 07 May 2016
The people have decided - congratulations to Mr Paul Dennett for an outstanding victory. I urge all of the fringe and alternative parties to back Mayor Dennett. Salford faces an up hill fight against austerity. It is essential we all find our common ground, put our differences aside and together build a great City.
 
The Star Hates Salford wrote
at 08:03:52 on 07 May 2016
I give this guy a week before the Salford Star sticks the boot in.
 
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