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.
People in Nottingham, Coventry and Birmingham will this week get the chance to decide whether they want mayors to lead their cities.
Liam Byrne the Birmingham Hodge Hill MP is to resign from the shadow cabinet to stand for mayor in Birmingham.
Counting for the results of the Mayoral Referendum began at 2pm today in Birmingham.
Coventry has voted against having an elected mayor.
There was a 26.2% turnout.
Nottingham City Council's Labour Leader, Jon Collins, said:
"This was a referendum imposed on us by the Coalition Government which the majority of local people clearly did not agree with. I am pleased with this outcome because an elected mayor would have been expensive and unnecessary.
This outcome shows that local people recognise we have a system in Nottingham which is working well for them and the city.
"We in the city however are not complacent about the challenges faced in order to achieve our targets of cutting unemployment, continuing to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and keeping our streets and neighbourhoods clean.
All city councillors will now continue the hard work of making Nottingham a better place to live and work."
Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey has admitted that the city's voters are likely to reject an elected mayor.
He said: "The straws in the wind are that it is likely to be a No vote, but we will see."
Nottingham has rejected the idea of an elected mayor.
Despite strong support from the Prime Minister, the city voted "no" by a margin of 57.5% to 42.5%, on a low turnout of just under 24%.
Voter turnout at the ballot box in some areas of Nottingham is below 10% for the Mayoral referendum.
The total turnout in Nottingham is 23.93%.