People were asked to answer yes or no to the following question: 'Are you in favour of the proposal for Southwark Council to be run in a new way, which includes a mayor, who will be elected by the voters of that borough, to be in charge of the council's services and to lead Southwark Council and the community which it serves?'
The referendum result means the leader and cabinet model will be introduced as soon as is reasonably practicable. Councillors will decide how and when the arrangements are introduced but the latest the system would be in place would probably be May, 2002
Southwark's leader will be chosen by fellow councillors. The leader will be an elected councillor and can be voted out of office at any time by fellow councillors.
A cabinet will be either chosen by the leader or elected by the rest of the council. The leader and cabinet will be responsible for drawing up a number of key strategies and a budget for the borough for agreement by the council.