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'We'll do our best for everybody': BANES council system to remain after referendum

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have firmly voted to keep the current system of a leader chosen by fellow councillors.

All the political parties, and the area's two MPs, had opposed the change to an elected mayoral system, such as that held in Bristol by George Ferguson.

Cllr Tim Warren says the low turnout was "a shame" - but that few people seemed to be interested in the idea of a mayor.

He's promised to do his best for everyone, including the 8000 people who wanted to change the system:

I think its not perfect, but it's as good as we can get for now, and we'll do our best for everybody including the 8000 people who wanted the change.

– Cllr Tim Warren, Conservative council leader

Defeated mayoral campaigner: 'I certainly don't think it was a waste of time'

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have decisively rejected the idea of having an elected mayor.

In a referendum where there was a 29 per cent turnout, only 8000 voted for the change, while more than 30,000 wanted to keep the current system of a leader chosen by fellow councillors.

All the political parties, and the area's two MPs, had opposed the change.

We caught up with mayoral campaigner Phil Raby to get his response:

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The BANES mayoral referendum in numbers

29%
of the electorate turned out to vote in the referendum
4%
more of the electorate voted in the BANES than in the Bristol mayoral referendum in 2012
38,672
total number of votes cast
30,557
voted to keep to the current system of a leader chosen by councillors
8,054
voted to have an elected mayor
£180,00
the cost of the referendum

Bath Spa University students cast just one vote in mayoral referendum

More than 38,000 votes were cast in the mayoral referendum across Bath and North East Somerset - but not a strong showing from the students of Bath Spa it seems.

Our political correspondent was at the count- where one ballot box was delivered with just a single lonely vote...

The people have spoken: BANES reacts to the results of mayoral referendum

The people of Bath and North East Somerset have voted decisively against having an elected mayor like Bristol's George Ferguson or London's Boris Johnson.

The referendum had a 29% turnout, with only eight thousand people voting to have an elected mayor. More than thirty thousand voted to keep the current system of a leader chosen by fellow councillors.

All the political parties, and the area's two MPs, had opposed the change - and the news has been welcome on social media this morning.

Whatever the reaction, the result doesn't come as a surprise.

BANES decisively rejects elected mayor by four to one

The people of Bath and North East Somerset have chosen not to have an elected mayor in a decisive referendum result which saw around 4/5ths of voters go against the proposition.

More than 30,500 voted to stay with a council-elected leader, whereas just over 8,000 wanted an elected mayor. Credit: ITV News

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Bath and North East Somerset vote NO on an elected mayor

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have chosen not to have an elected mayor for the region.

It comes after more than 5% of the electorate signed a petition calling for the vote. In total the campaign has cost around £180,000.

The result means that the current system will remain in place. Bath and North East Somerset Council is led by a leader elected by councillors, with a team of senior cabinet members to help make decisions for the region.

Result on BANES election expected shortly

A result is expected any moment on whether the people of Bath and North East Somerset will choose to have an elected mayor.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine is at the count, where it looks like the campaign against creating the position will win the day.

Voters head to the polling stations

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have been heading to the ballot boxes to decide if they want an elected mayor.

Polling stations in Bath today, open for the voting public. Credit: ITV West Country

The council is currently run by a cabinet and leader. If BANES votes for an elected mayor, another election will be held later in the year.

Credit: ITV West Country

The count for the Referendum will be held at the University of Bath, on Thursday 10 March, starting at 10pm after voting closes.

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