Mayoral Election

David Cameron's dream of elected mayors in Britain's major cities looks to be in tatters after the the idea was rejected in referendums.

Mayoral Election

People in Nottingham, Coventry and Birmingham will this week get the chance to decide whether they want mayors to lead their cities.

Liam Byrne will run for Mayor if Birmingham votes yes in May's referendum

Liam Byrne could run for Mayor

Liam Byrne the Birmingham Hodge Hill MP is to resign from the shadow cabinet to stand for mayor in Birmingham.

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Sion Simon, says "the journey goes on, but the route will have to change"

Sion Simon, Former Labour MP for Erdington and one of the leaders of the "Yes" campaign, resigned his seat two years ago because he wanted to become the first Mayor of Birmingham.

He said that Birmingham could have voted "No" because it's supporters didn't get their case across.

The truth I think is that the campaign always captured the chattering classes.

It was always successful in the media and business industry, and we never really knew whether it got out on the streets, and I think it didn't.

– Sion Simon, former Labour MP for Birmingham

Clean up after Birmingham votes "No"

Empty tables and chairs at the ICC in Birmingham
The empty ICC, just moments after it was announced that Birmingham had voted "No" Credit: ITV Central

Almost two hours ahead of schedule it was announced that Birmingham had voted "No" against a Directly Elected Mayor.

With an electorate of 754,765 people, only 27.65% of people turned out to vote.

Over half of those who did voted no, with 58% of the vote was against.


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