People in Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield and Leeds voted today on whether their local council would be run by a directly elected mayor.
Voters across the region have been electing their local councillors.
Leeds have said no to having a directed elected mayor in the mayoral referendum.
Seeing friends and colleagues lose their Council seats is not easy. They have all worked extremely hard for the communities they represented over the years.
Losing councillors is hard to take. It is often the price that parties in Government pay in mid-term, as Labour found out a few years ago. However, I am pleased to see that Lib Dems in Sheffield kept the Tories in check.
I know Shaffaq and the rest of the team will continue to be the strong opposition to Labour that Sheffield needs on the Council.
Keith Wakefield has reacted to the Labour gains in Leeds
“I am delighted with these results. Leeds has sent a powerful message to the Coalition government - their ministers are out of touch with ordinary people and their economic policies are failing communities right across our city.
“This Government has reduced opportunities for our young people, undermined the NHS and forced working families and the elderly to bear the brunt of a stalled economy – while at the same time giving tax breaks to the super wealthy.
Patricia Schofield, Deputy Mayor
Sandra Holland, Leader, Labour Group says the people of Doncaster had the opportunity to make their views known
Voters in Wakefield have rejected the option of having an elected mayor running the council rather than a council leader.
- In favour of an elected mayor - 27,610 (38%)
- In favour of a council leader - 45,357 (62%)
The Liberal Democrat leader and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg reacts to a poor night for his party in the local elections.