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Birmingham says 'no' elected mayor

Birmingham has voted against the proposal to have an elected mayor in a referendum. It joins Manchester, Nottingham, Bradford and Coventry in doing so.

Birmingham vote against having a mayor

The Political Editor of the Birmingham Post and Mail, Jonathan Walker, tweets that voters in Birmingham have voted against having a directly-elected mayor in the city:

Cities don't buy the idea of an elected mayor

David Cameron's dream of elected mayors in cities across the UK was dealt a blow today after several cities turned down the idea in referendums. Bristol was the only city to buck the trend. The results so far:

  • Manchester - 53.24% against, 46.76% for
  • Nottingham - 57.5% against., 42.5% for
  • Coventry - 63.58% against, 36.42% for
  • Bradford - 55.13% against, 44.87% for

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Birmingham refuses to take 'leap of faith' and elect its mayor

In Birmingham, Liberal Democrat John Hemming campaigned against the creation of an elected mayor. He told BBC Radio 4's World at One:

I think people have been swinging against the idea. I think they don't like the idea of concentrating all the power in one individual's hands, particularly when they don't even know what the powers are going to be.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne, who was set to stand for mayor in the city, said that bringing in an elected mayor was like "asking people to take a leap of faith" when faith in politics was at "a low ebb".

Joe Anderson is Liverpool's first elected mayor

Labour's Joe Anderson has become Liverpool's first elected mayor.

The councillor, who has until now been leader of Liverpool City Council, won the city's first mayoral elections at the first count with 58,448 votes.

It comes after the council voted in February to accept a "city deal" which is set to bring in £130 million in additional government funds.

Mr Anderson was followed in the poll by independent candidate Liam Fogarty with 8292 votes and Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp with 6238, but with 57.70% of the vote he won at the first count.

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