Sandip Verma loses Leicester’s mayoral election

Baroness Sandip Verma
Baroness Sandip Verma

THE CONSERVATIVES have lost control of Leicester in the mayoral election.

Baroness Sandip Verma came second with 14,519 votes, losing to Labour’s Sir Peter Soulsby, who won with a huge majority with 51,444 votes.

“Obviously I am delighted to be elected for a third time as the mayor of this great city,” Sir Peter was quoted as saying. “It is a city with a wonderful past and a great future ahead. This result shows people see that Labour is delivering for Leicester.

“We have been the only party with a clear and consistent vision for the future. Now it is our responsibility to deliver what we have promised. There is much to do.”

Reacting to Sir Peter’s win, Baroness Verma said: “It’s not been a good day. What saddens me is that Peter will now continue to make a mess of the city as he has for the past eight years. There will be no accountability and that is bad for the people of Leicester.”