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2005
May 5th was multiple Elections Day - general, county council & Stoke mayoral
Postal votes
Many will vote by post on May 5th
Though largely a predictable day of few or no shocks, with Labour bruised but not defeated, the only real change came as Stoke on Trent found a new leader.

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May 5th 2005 was the third time running county polls have coincided with General Elections.
The first was in 1997 - which Tories will remember ruefully as the same day as their disaster in the Commons contest.


Staffordshire's election ...on the web
There was no change across the county as the parties all retained their seats.

Results

See results for Burton - Lab Hold
See results for Cannock Chase - Lab Hold
See results for Lichfield - Con Hold
See results for Newcastle - Lab Hold
See results for Stafford - Lab Hold
See results for Staffs Moorlands - Lab Hold
See results for Staffs South - Con Hold
See results for Stoke on Trent North - Lab Hold
See results for Stoke on Trent Central - Lab Hold
See results for Stoke on Trent South - Lab Hold
See results for Stone - Con Hold
See results for Tamworth - Lab Hold
Staffs South voting on June 23rd (see below)

Cheshire
See results for Crewe & Nantwich - Lab Hold
See results for Congleton - Con Hold
See results for Eddisbury - Con Hold

For analysis of the issues and results, see The UK General Election
Audio
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Hear - Mark Fisher's speech
Mark Fisher MP gives his acceptance speech after winning Stoke Central
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Hear - Joan Walley
Hear Joan Walley MP's interview with BBC Radio Stoke's Paul Stanworth on winning Stoke North
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Hear - David Kidney
Hear David Kidney MP's interview with BBC Radio Stoke's Matt Lee on winning Stafford
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Hear - Charlotte Atkins
Hear Charlotte Atkins MP's interview with BBC Radio Stoke's Richard Baynes on winning the Staffs Moorlands
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Hear - Gwyneth Dunwoody
Hear Gwyneth Dunwoody MP's interview with BBC Radio Stoke's Stuart Fear on winning Crewe & Nantwich
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Hear & See - Sir Patrick Cormack
See Sir Patrick's interview on winning Staffordshire South
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County council elections
Staffordshire County Council, employing 30,000 people, is responsible for schools, libraries, highways, planning and waste management - and more - across most of the county.
Only the city of Stoke on Trent does not come under its rule.

Results
The Labour group maintained its overall majority at County Buildings but only just. It lost four wards, and now has 32 councillors.

The Conservatives had the most cause to smile as a large swing to them helped them pick up an extra five wards, taking their numbers to 27.
The Liberal Democrats dropped two wards overall - and are down to just 2 councillors.
That leaves only ward to be decided - as it will be, in a special poll to be called next month.

A special internet site profiles the new electoral map of the county, with full ward results being listed one by one. The service is hosted from the elections-page of the Staffordshire County council website at www.staffordshire.gov.uk.

BBC News' Results Summary
See Council Results for all UK
See Results for Staffordshire County
See Staffordshire results analysis



Stoke Mayoral Election
Four cities in England were going to the polls on May 5th to elect a mayor.
As well as Doncaster, Hartlepool, and North Tyneside, Stoke-on-Trent voters had the chance to vote - for a second time - for their mayor.

Results
The Labour candidate Mark Meredith is Stoke on Trent's new mayor.
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Liz Copper from BBC Midlands Today TV talks to Mark Meredith about his electoral success
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The Conservative candidate Roger Ibbs came second.
Mike Wolfe, the independent who was mayor for the past two years, took third place; and the BNP candidate Steve Batkin came fourth.
The other candidates were: Gary Chevin (unaffiliated), Justin Harvey (unaffiliated) and Gary Oliver (unaffiliated).
Almost ten thousand people - more than ten per cent - "spoiled" their papers. Officials say a large number of these ballot papers had abusive comments written on them - many others had been simply left blank.

Details
The city council website has a page devoted to details of the mayoral election
BBC News covered the mayoral result

Almost ten thousand people...more than ten per cent of those who turned out to vote in Stoke-on-Trent's mayoral election... spoiled their papers.
Officials say a large number of these ballot papers had abusive comments written on them - many others had been simply left blank

The last contest, in 2002, yielded these results, using a proportional representation system: Stevenson (Lab) 9,752; Wolfe (Mayor 4) 9,356; Batkin (BNP) 8,213; Ibbs (C) 4,417; Snow (ND Snow) 3,975; Morrow (LD) 2,408; Breeze (ND Breeze) 1,349; Whitehouse (Ind W) 1,280; Wilkes (Ind Wilkes) 1,157; Chatton (Ind) 926; Knapper (AKIP) 708; Chesters (ND C) 453.
Elected: Wolfe (using the preferred second choice system)
Turnout: 43,994 (24.01%)

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