Elected Mayor in Leeds?


On 3 May 2012 the ballot papers for the Leeds City Council elections included a Referendum on an Elected Mayor.

The question on the ballot paper was:

How would you like Leeds City Council to be run?

By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now.





By a mayor who is elected by voters. This would be a change from how the council is run now.



All three Kirkstall councillors are strongly opposed to Elected Mayors in Leeds. We urged our electors to vote against changing our present system in the Mayoral Referendum. We asked people to vote for the first option.

To our considerable relief, most people agreed with us: 174,442 people voted in the Referendum, and of these 107,910 voted to keep the present system, while 62,440 voted for a Mayor. There were 4092 spoilt ballot papers, possibly because the questions were unclear. The turnout was 31%.

More details about the Referendum are provided on a separate website: www.noleedsmayor.net This process was imposed on Leeds by people in London, who thought they knew better how Leeds should be run. They included a misleading question on the ballot paper which did not fairly describe what Mayoral systems do.

All the political groups repesented on Leeds City Council strongly oppose Elected Mayors in Leeds and want to keep our present system as it is. A more detailed criticism of the proposed changes has been published at www.aspdin.net/mayor

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