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Leading the LocalitiesExecutive Mayors in English Local Governance$
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Colin Copus

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071867

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071867.001.0001

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Postscript: the 2005 mayoral elections

Postscript: the 2005 mayoral elections

(p.216) Postscript: the 2005 mayoral elections
Leading the Localities

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

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

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