Labour triumph in North Tyneside
Published 03/05/2013 | 03:56
Labour have won the North Tyneside mayoral election after defeating the incumbent Conservative candidate.
With 27,905 votes, Labour candidate Norma Redfearn secured the position of mayor by beating Conservative Linda Arkley, who received 18,083 votes.
Liberal Democrat candidate John Appleby came in third with 4,054 votes.
Ms Redfearn, who received 55% of the vote, said: "Thank you everyone, this is truly wonderful.
"This sends a message to national government about the kind of things that are happening in our council.
"They are causing great concern to the families in North Tyneside."
Reacting to her defeat, Ms Arkley insisted the election had only been about local issues.
"I congratulate you as the elected mayor. I hope you will continue the good work that has happened over the last four years," she said.
"This was an election about North Tyneside, not national issues."
Turnout was 32%, dropping from 38% in 2009 and down further from 61% in 2005.