English mayoral elections and referendums

On 3 May 2012 ten English cities held referendums on whether to have a directly-elected mayor chosen by voters while Doncaster voted on whether to keep its directly-elected mayor.

Nottingham, Manchester, Coventry, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Birmingham and Leeds have all rejected directly-elected mayors, while Bristol has voted for one. Doncaster voters chose to retain theirs. Full results listed below.

Voting to have a mayor

City Yes % No % Turnout

Birmingham

42.2

57.8

208,696

Bradford

44.9

55.1

120,232

Bristol

53.3

46.7

76,912

Coventry

36.4

63.6

62,102

Leeds

36.7

63.3

170,350

Manchester

46.8

53.2

91,270

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

38.1

61.9

64,719

Nottingham

42.5

57.5

49,263

Sheffield

35

65

127,461

Wakefield

37.8

62.2

72,967

The wording of these referendums was: "How would you like ______ council to be run? "By a Leader who is an elected councillor chosen by the other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now or by a Mayor who is elected by voters."

This would be a change from how the Council is run now."

Voting to keep the mayor

Town Yes % No % Turnout

Doncaster

62

38

68,075

The wording of this referendum was: "How would you like Doncaster Council to be run?

"By a mayor who is elected by voters. This is how the council is run now or by a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This would be a change from how the council is run now.

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