A “Boris in every city” rejected at the polls

David Cameron’s vision of strong elected personalities leading cities across England [Ed – aren’t those called councillors?] has been rejected by nearly all those cities who held mayoral referendums on Thursday.

May 2012 mayoral referendum results

With all the city referendums now counted, Bristol is the only new city to support the switch to having a directly elected mayor. However, the Doncaster electorate overwhelming voted (62% in favour) to keep their elected mayor.

Turnout was underwhelming, between 24-35%. Apathy rules.

Perhaps a matter of people liking elected mayors once they have one, but being hard to convince that the change (and expense) is worth it?

Still, makes you wonder who could be elected as the ‘Boris’ of Belfast, Derry, Lisburn, Newry … or Ballymena!

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.