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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