The Tories said the latest results showed that the 'electorate had rejected powerless mayors'.
Boasting the highest turnout of any postal referendum held on this issue so far,
22% voted yes
76% voted no
Turnout was 41.8%
Read more on the West Devon result here.
SHEPWAY DC: NO
With an above average 'turnout' for an all-postal referendum of this type,
44% voted yes
56% voted no
Turnout was 36.3%
Read more on the Shepway result here.
NEWHAM LBC: YES
Newham's new system, with electors voting for who they want to be mayor, will kick in on 2 May 2002.
68.2% voted Yes
31.8% voted No
Read more on the Newham result here.
SOUTHWARK LBC: NO
'Which Way For Southwark?' the borough's electors were asked. 'Don't change direction!' came the reply.
31.4% voted yes
68.6% voted no
Read more on the Southwark result here.
* The next mayoral referendum takes place in Bedford on February 21 followed by Hackney, Mansfield and Newcastle-under-Lyme (all May 2).
* An Electoral Commission reporttoday called for changes to improve local referendums.
* Conservat ive local government spokesman Malcolm Moss said today:
'There will be little enthusiasm for mayors unless councils are subject to
less interference from regional and central government. Mayors like Rudolph
Giuliani in New York have only been popular because they have the power to
make a difference. If local councils or mayors are powerless, they will only
inspire antipathy amongst the electorate.'
by assistant editor Neil Watson