Labour’s Joe Anderson has been named Liverpool Mayor after winning the city’s first ever directly-elected mayoral vote, gaining 58,448 (57.7%) of the votes cast for the 12 candidates.
Mr Anderson, formerly Liverpool's Council Leader, now takes office as mayor, with Independent Liam Fogarty finishing in second place on 8,292 votes, and Richard Kemp of the Lib Dems third with 6,238.
A colourful and eventful campaign came to a head at the Wavertree Tennis Centre count, where it emerged that a large majority of Liverpool's voters did not engage with the contest as the confirmed turnout for the mayor election was just 31.7%.
Mayor Anderson told JMU Journalism: “I think it’s
a great result, I’m delighted. It’s a huge sign of
confidence in the Labour Party in Liverpool and
hopefully confidence in me to deliver the
promises we’ve made.”
Runner-up Liam Fogarty told JMU Journalism:
“I’m very humbled because a lot of volunteers,
many of whom have never done politics before,
came out to support me. I believe there is great
hope for Liverpool. Congratulations to Joe and I
wish him good luck.”
After the result had been announced, the National
Front supporters opened a banner and protested
during and after Joe Anderson’s victory speech
before being escorted out by police.
Tony Caldeira, who finished seventh, told JMU
Journalism: “It’s disappointing for the city that the
election result was marred by such an unfortunate
protest. We’ve fought a very strong, positive
campaign to try to improve the reputation of the
city and we believe that our city has got a great
future. Congratulations to Mayor Anderson and I
think Liverpool is the big winner tonight.”
Jeff Berman, who ran as an independent
candidate in this campaign and came tenth, told
JMU Journalism: “It certainly doesn’t end today.
Over the next four years I will be campaigning,
still carrying on the work I’ve done and letting
people know how Liverpool can be improved.”
The council’s decision to by-pass a public
referendum on the mayoral election made it an
historic day for Liverpool, as many other cities
across the country - apart from London - decided
whether or not to have a directly-elected mayor.
Manchester was among the cities to vote 'no'.
The ward area Liverpool City Council votes will
be handled in a separate count which will take
place on Friday afternoon.
By Patrick Arnold, James Routledge & Christopher Cunningham
Joe Anderson won the mayoral vote with Independent Liam Fogarty finishing in second place
Mayor vote 2012 campaign
JMU Journalism politics
LIVERPOOL MAYOR VOTE 2012 RESULT
Votes cast 101,301 (31.7% turnout)
1) Joe Anderson (Labour) 58,448 votes
2) Liam Fogarty (Independent) 8,292
3) Richard Kemp (Liberal Democrat) 6,238
4) John Coyne (Green Party) 5,175
5) Tony Mulhearn (TUSC) 4,792
6) Steve Radford (Liberal Party) 4,442
7) Tony Caldeira (Conservative) 4,425
8) Adam Heatherington (UK Independence) 2,352
9) Paul Rimmer (English Democrats) 1,400
10) Jeff Berman (Liverpool Independent) 1,362
11) Mike Whitby (British National Party) 1,015
12) Peter Quiggins (National Front) 566
Pic: Liam Deveney
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