Residents opt for new Stockton council system

Stockton Town Hall
Image caption Stockton Council carried out a postal consultation

People in Stockton have narrowly rejected the option of an elected mayor in the town.

Only one in five residents voted and they opted for a system similar to the current one involving a council leader and a cabinet.

But instead of councillors electing a leader and cabinet members annually, they will vote every four years for a leader, who would appoint the cabinet.

The council will continue to appoint a civic mayor for a ceremonial role.

More than 26,000 people - some 19% of the electorate - responded to a postal consultation during July.

Of these, 13,445 opted for a council leader with a cabinet system, and 12,513 for a directly elected mayor with a cabinet.

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