Birmingham has voted 'No' to an elected mayor running the city.
The result of this week's Mayoral Referendum saw nearly 58 per cent of people who voted reject the idea of a single person running the local authority.
A ‘No’ had been predicted hours earlier by the city council’s new leader, Sir Albert Bore, who saw Labour regain power from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition on Thursday night.
The Birmingham result was mirrored in Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Coventry and Bradford who also voted No in their referendums.
About 214,000 people voted on the elected mayor issue - that’s about 30 per cent of the city’s electorate.
A total of 120,611 (57.8%) of correctly returned ballot papers were marked against an elected mayor, with 88,085 (42.2%) in favour.
There were 4,757 unmarked or void ballots, while 627 people voted for both options.