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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
Bedford goes for Branston
Ballot box
Turnout in Bedford was just over 25%
An independent candidate has won the race to be Mayor of Bradford.

Newspaper owner and Better Bedford Independent candidate Frank Branston defeated Liberal Democrat councillor Christine McHugh.

Both had beaten another six hopefuls to go through to the second round of voting in teh election.

Mr Branston had been the favourite to win, polling 9,557 votes - almost twice the number for Ms McHugh.

Turnout low

Though turnout at the polls was just 25.3%, it was the highest among the four areas in England that held mayoral elections on Thursday.

The result of the first count was announced at 0215 BST to a crowd of about 300 who had gathered in the Corn Exchange on St Paul's Square.

Independents performed strongly elsewhere, with local newsagent Tony Eggington winning in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire and former Citizens' Advice Bureau manager Mike Wolfe becoming mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.

In Hackney in London, the leader of the council Jules Pipe won for the Labour Party.


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