David Cameron suffered a blow when Nottingham 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%.
The prospects for the plans being passed in other cities were also looking poor, with Birmingham widely expected to come down against.
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David Cameron's dream of elected mayors across the UK was dealt a blow today after several cities turned down the idea in referendums.
Manchester, Nottingham and Coventry have voted 'No' to having elected mayors in their respective cities.