Southwark Mayoral Referendum
31 January 2002

news from Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks Labour Party

Voters in Southwark (or the 11.2% who managed to get out to vote) decided by more than 2 to 1 to continue with the Leader and Cabinet model introduced by the Labour Group, rather than having a directly elected executive Mayor.

The voting was:
Directly elected Mayor: 6,054
Leader and Cabinet: 13,217
Spoilt papers: 48

It was a pity that Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors had previously joined forces to block a "postal vote only" referendum, which would have boosted the low turnout and would have avoided the need to close many schools across the borough on voting day.

Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks Labour Party