THE RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM
Yes to a Mayor – 24, 630 (38%)
NO – 40,089 (62%)
Thank you to those who weren’t influenced by the loaded referendum question, by Government blackmail or by a biased press.
On Thursday 3rd May people in Newcastle had the opportunity to vote in a referendum to decide if there should be a directly elected mayor in the city or not
We don’t think that an elected mayor is the best approach for Newcastle - it concentrates too much power in the hands of one person, it costs a lot more to pay for a mayor with all the trappings and for extra elections – and there’s just no evidence that it works better.
It’s highly regrettable that the Government has loaded the question people will vote on to make it appear that the present system is somehow undemocratic when it’s the system we use to elect our Prime Minister!