Middlesbrough Mayors to stay

The people of Middlesbrough have voted to keep the role of Elected Mayor as head of the town's council after a referendum.

Full report: Middlesbrough Mayors to stay

The people of Middlesbrough have voted to keep the role of an elected mayor to lead their town council. The current Mayor Ray Mallon retires in 2015.

A referendum was held yesterday, September 27, offering voters two options - to keep the mayoral position or replace it with a council leader who would be elected by fellow councillors.

The ballot result in favour of a Mayor was declared in the early hours of this morning and our Teesside correspondent Rachel Bullock was there:

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Campaigners say they will accept the people's decision

Campaigners who hoped to abolish the office of elected mayor in Middlesbrough and replace it with a council leader, say they must accept the decision from the people of the town who voted to maintain the existing mayoral system.

The current Mayor Ray Mallon steps down in 2015 - a move which triggered yesterday's referendum.

Only 15 per cent of people cast their vote. The result was announced early morning, September 27.

Middlesbrough Referendum: The people vote to KEEP an Elected Mayor after 2015

by Rachel Bullock

The people of Middlesbrough have voted to keep the role of Elected Mayor as head of the town's council after current Mayor Ray Mallon steps down from the post in 2015. The referendum was held across the town yesterday.

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Ballot slips are counted at the Mayoral Referendum in Middlesbrough last night Credit: ITV News

Voting turnout was 15% which was not as low as many had feared. 8674 people voted to keep the current elected mayor system while 6455 voted to scrap the role and replace it with a council leader, who would have been chosen by fellow councillors.

The campaign will now begin from candidates who hope to run for the job in 2015 when Ray Mallon retires after three terms in office.

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The result was declared just after 1230 am on Friday morning Credit: ITV News