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Statement from Solace President Jo Miller on the local and mayoral elections 2017

On 4th May 2017, local government elections took place in 34 councils in England, all 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 councils in Wales. In addition, for the first time, six areas in England including the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West of England and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough voted for newly-created, directly-elected combined authority mayors, commencing a new era of devolution, local leadership and accountability. Furthermore, Doncaster and North Tyneside also voted for local authority mayors. The elections have seen a turnout of around 30 per cent on average.

This is a statement from Solace President and Chief Executive of Doncaster MBC, Jo Miller:

“Solace would like to congratulate election teams across the country on the successful running of another round of smooth, secure and efficient elections thanks to their detailed planning and preparation, a credit to the hard work of council staff throughout the year.”

“Councils have been working hard on building the resilience of our democratic systems and processes whilst facing significant challenges over the last few years, including budget pressures and decreasing resources, changes to voter registration, as well as increasing numbers of elections. Despite these challenges, councils have done what they do best, and delivered a series of clear and confident results. A big well done to all those individuals who have played a role.”



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