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Historic Salford mayoral count set to get underway

By Alex McIntyre

Candidates have started to arrive at the historic count that will decide Salford’s first directly-elected mayor.  

There are ten candidates vying for the position, including Labour candidate Ian Stewart who is favourite to take the role.

The count follows Labour’s strong performance in Salford’s local elections last night where they gained eight seats whilst the Lib Dem lost all of theirs.

It was a particularly bad night for Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Norman Owen who lost his Salford Council seat to Labour’s Sue Pugh.

Other hopefuls include independent candidate and former convict Paul Massey, and the Conservative’s Karen Garrido.

Last night, Salford’s neighbours Manchester voted against having a directly-elected mayor by 53% to 47%.

It was one of four cities that have so far rejected the idea, which is a major setback for the prime Minister’s plans to have a “Boris in every city.” 

The Salford mayoral vote is due to get underway at 11am.

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