19th June 2014
On May 22nd, the people of Copeland voted decisively for an elected mayor. Existing legislation means that the election for the new mayor would have to take place in October this year.
After representations from Copeland MP, Jamie Reed and others, the Government have confirmed that changes will be made to so the vote can take place at the same time as the General Election in May 2015.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Common sense has prevailed in Government. It is to the benefit of everybody in Copeland that this election is held in May.
“The disastrous election of Police and Crime Commissioners in 2012 demonstrates the apathy towards elections late in the year. This is a new chapter for local government in Copeland and it is essential that it is engaging; part of this is ensuring as many people as possible turn out to choose their new mayor. The most effective way of ensuring engagement is to hold this election at the same time as the General Election.
“Having written to the Secretary of State, I am delighted that he has seen sense and has put in motion the processes that are required to hold this election in May 2015.”