Former Eccles MP Ian Stewart will be Labour’s candidate for the Salford Mayoral election later this year, following a vote of local members at the weekend. Ian beat Salford council leader John Merry and former Labour NEC member Peter Wheeler. Congratulations to Ian and commiserations to the other candidates.
According to the Manchester Evening News:
“Labour party members voted for three candidates yesterday after two weeks of campaigning. Mr Stewart got 259 votes, Coun Merry 131, and Peter Wheeler 89. Mr Stewart will now be favourite to win the post at the election in May. Mr Stewart said: “I’m humbled by the response and the support from within the Labour Party. I really hope that I can represent the aspirations for Salford in the proper way. “The people of Salford have demanded change and if I am lucky enough to be elected as the first elected mayor, I will be measured by the new approach that I take – and effectively the buck will stop with the elected mayor. “I won’t be able to please everybody all of the time but at least people will have a better understanding as to why decisions are made and of the processes that go into making them.””