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Middlesbrough mayoral referendum results
Updated 12:47am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
This live event has finished
- Residents vote on whether to retain or scrap the role of elected mayor
- Polls close at 10pm
- Result expected after 12am
- Current mayor Ray Mallon will not stand if role is retained
Finishing the live blog now to write up story which will be appearing soon on the website
Middlesbrough keeps its mayor. 8,674 in favour, 6,455 against
RT @jameswhartonmp: If turnout in #Middlesbrough mayoral referendum is as low as claimed it shows this whole policy has failed to re engage…— @AndrewCElliott 26 September 2013
RT @JCoates1992: I feel strongly that we need to keep an elected mayor. I hope the rest of Middlesbrough agrees.— @Iamyasminkhan 26 September 2013
Councillors chatting behind me think it is close but the mayoral system narrowly wins it.....we'll soon find out if they are right
Andy Preston, the first person to announce his intention to stand as mayor if the current system is retained, said it was a myth that a mayor held too much power.
"We have allowed this dissatisfaction and I think we have taken some people for granted who we thought would vote but haven't," Coun Junier added.
Len Junier, Middlesbrough ward councillor for Brambles Farm, said: "I think people do care what's happening in their town but, if I'm really honest, I think the low turnout is our fault."
Whispers are that we are half an hour away from a result.
Middlesbrough deputy mayor, David Budd, said: "The very low turnout is embarrassing. This is about a system and it does not grab peoples' imaginations."
"My preference is for the leader and cabinet system, and that's nothing against the incumbent mayor. I just think people work better together," he added.
Middlesbrough MP, Andy McDonald is here. He said: "I think it's right that the people of Middlesbrough are having their say after 11 years of the current system. Let's just see what their verdict is."
Sorry for blog delay, having major technical difficulties but our kind snapper David Wood is lending me his phone as an internet router. Back to business....voter turnout only 15 per cent, 15,156 votes cast
As Middlesbrough votes on an elected mayor, I'll always remember look on Mandelson's face when Hartlepool chose a monkey over his anointee.— @Manxstar 26 September 2013
It's fantastic that so many people are voting to keep their vote and retain an elected Middlesbrough mayor. http://t.co/kK4PHrQJQg— @KeepYourVote 26 September 2013
Northern Echo reporter Lucy Richardson will be reporting live from the count at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Join her from 10pm to see whether voters decide to keep, or get rid of the role of elected mayor.
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