Latest Public Sector News


Conservatives and Labour take spoils in mayorals

The Conservatives and Labour were successful in today's mayoral elections, though Corbyn's party has lost significant ground in the local elections. 

Andy Burnham has now been elected as first GM metro mayor with a huge margin of 63% of the vote. 

Earlier in the day, Conservative Tim Bowles was elected as the first West of England CA mayor.

And the Tees Valley mayor will be Conservative Ben Houchen, who unexpectedly beat his rival Sue Jeffery by the slim margin of just over 2,000 votes.

In Liverpool, Labour’s Steve Rotherham comfortably won with 171,167 votes – more than 59% of the overall vote.

Cambridge and Peterborough and the West Midlands are still yet to declare, although the Conservatives are expected to win the election in Birmingham.  

Commenting on the mayoral elections, LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West said: “Labour will now be pinning their hopes on the new combined authority areas that are electing metro mayors for first time, though the West Midlands looks desperately close and the Conservatives have already won the West of England.”

But significant questions will be raised about the mandate metro mayors will have over their local authorities, as turnout for the election has been poor – Liverpool’s Rotherham winning on a turnout of only 26%.

“The big question mark hanging over the mayoral elections has been whether turnout will big enough to give the new mayors the mandate and legitimacy they need to hit the ground running and to act as an effective political counterweight to Whitehall,” Carr-West argued.

“At around 30%, it’s broadly in line with turn out for the county council elections that happened yesterday and with local elections generally.”

The figure is also, Carr-West points out, higher than the incredibly low-turnout for the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

“The new metro mayors will be local government leaders working with other leaders, often heading cabinets of council leaders: this level of turnout will mean they can do this with the same level of mandate as the rest of local government,” the LGiU chief executive added.

“Most incoming mayors will be privately pleased with this level of turnout, while hoping to raise their profile in office and improve significantly upon it next time they go to the polls.”

 Labour ‘all but wiped out’ in locals

And in the local elections, Labour has been faring incredibly poorly, losing 163 councillors as the Conservatives strengthened their hold on the counties.

UKIP has also had a diabolical election, losing almost all of its seats. In Lincolnshire, where in 2013 the party were the official opposition, the party lost all 13 of the seats it previously held.

“Labour look like they will be all but wiped out in the counties. UKIP already have been,” Carr-West stated. “The Conservatives now have a comprehensive grip on shire England, taking Derbyshire from Labour and taking majority control of counties such as Northumberland, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.”

Top Image: Peter Byrne PA wire

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes b more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help t... more >


Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former hea... more >

most read

Shared Services and Outsourcing Week

the raven's daily blog

A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >