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Nottingham votes no to elected mayor

Category: England

Published: 4th May 2012 03:25:42

Nottingham has voted against having a directly-elected mayor.

The city is one of 10 in England holding a referendum on a proposal to replace the appointed leader system of local government.

Turnout out for the mayoral referendum was just 23.9%, including postal votes.

According to official figures, 57% of residents voted against having an elected mayor in Nottingham, preferring to keep the current leadership.

Mick Newton, who resigned from the Labour Party to become an independent candidate and lead the "Yes" campaign, said he still felt change was on its way.

"I think this say that a significant number of people in Nottingham are not happy with the way the city council is run," he said.

"I don't think we'll stick with this system, it's only a question of time before the system is changed."

But leader of Labour-controlled Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins, said: "When you look at the scale of the yes vote, really it's the kind of vote opposition parties get at local elections in Nottingham and pretty much not more than that."

All the latest election results are available at bbc.co.uk/vote2012.

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