Stuart Drummond loses mayoral vote

Mayor Stuart Drummond

Mayor Stuart Drummond

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

PEOPLE in Hartlepool have turned their backs on a directly elected mayor in a decision that removes Stuart Drummond from power.

Turnout in yesterday’s election was just 18 per cent but the result - announced early this morning - was decisive.

Some 7,366 votes were cast in favour of scrapping the directly elected mayor’s position against 5,177 in favour of keeping it.

As a result, the major and cabinet system will be replaced by a committee system from next May.

Critics of the mayor argued that the position was a costly luxury the town could no longer afford.

Mr Drummond now has the distinction of becoming Hartlepool’s first – and only – directly elected mayor.

The former football club mascot entered the race in 2002 and, to his surprise, romped home the winner.

He has successfully defended the job twice but now finds himself looking for a new role.

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11:11am Fri 16 Nov 12

cromwell1599 says...

Back to the H'Angus costume then ?
Back to the H'Angus costume then ? cromwell1599
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Lawman3 says...

Those Poolies just don't know how to treat their monkeys.
Those Poolies just don't know how to treat their monkeys. Lawman3
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Lifetime Townie says...

A shame really to lose Mr Drummond, but the committee system is just a series of talking shops all paid for by the council tax payer and are politically controlled rarely benefitting the tax payers. When he has been in the job for 10 years, he must have done a lot of good for the town
A shame really to lose Mr Drummond, but the committee system is just a series of talking shops all paid for by the council tax payer and are politically controlled rarely benefitting the tax payers. When he has been in the job for 10 years, he must have done a lot of good for the town Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 3

8:58pm Sun 18 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

Well done Hartlepool........ showing Middlesbrough the way.

Get rid of failures, we have a well qualified candidate! (For failures).

Bit too late to help the destruction that has taken place and the money wasted.... over £58 millions worth.
Well done Hartlepool........ showing Middlesbrough the way. Get rid of failures, we have a well qualified candidate! (For failures). Bit too late to help the destruction that has taken place and the money wasted.... over £58 millions worth. AZZIZZ
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Sun 18 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

Alas..... the trouble is.......... these monkeys don't cost us peanuts.
Alas..... the trouble is.......... these monkeys don't cost us peanuts. AZZIZZ
  • Score: 1

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