Six candidates are standing to be Salford mayor at the elections on May 6.

The role of a directly-elected city mayor was created in 2012 following a referendum which was triggered by a petition of 10,500 Salford residents.

All of the council's executive powers rest with the mayor who can appoint councillors to make decisions on his behalf in education, children's social services, adult social services, health, housing, tourism and other areas.

Incumbent Paul Dennett, who has served as city mayor for the last five years, will be standing for re-election in May as the candidate for the Labour Party.

He fell just short of half of the first-round votes at the last election, but beat the Tory candidate Robin Garrido with 66.2 pc of votes in the second round.

Kersal councillor Arnie Saunders, who was first elected at a by-election in March 2017, has been selected as the Conservative candidate this year.

Wendy Olsen will be the Green Party candidate again, having also stood in 2016 when she received 8.5 pc of first-round votes, putting her in last place.

The Liberal Democrats, who did not field a candidate at Salford's last mayoral election in 2016, have selected Jake Overend as their candidate for this year.

Former Labour councillor Stephen Ord will be standing for Salford mayor as an independent candidate under the banner of 'A Brexit Mayor for a Brexit City'.

And Stuart Cremins, who is listed as an Independent candidate, will be standing for city mayor for the first time on behalf of his Republic Party.

All the mayoral candidates had a deadline of 4pm on Thursday, April 8 to submit their nomination papers, as did candidates running to be councillors.

Each registered voter in Salford will now receive a City Mayor election booklet, scheduled to be delivered from April 19 which contains an explanation of the voting system and an election address from the candidates who supplied one.

This year residents also get to vote for their local councillor as all 60 council seats are up for election as well as voting for the Greater Manchester mayor.

Returning officer Tom Stannard said: “The candidates have now been announced for the elections and I would encourage all residents to vote."

The polls open at 7am on Thursday, May 6 and close at 10pm.

Residents in the city now have until Monday, April 19 to register to vote and until Tuesday, April 20 to register for a postal vote.

Those who have not registered cannot vote in the elections.