VOTERS in Sheffield have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of an elected mayor by almost two to one - but Doncaster has bucked the national trend by saying yes.
Of 128,638 votes cast in Sheffield, 82,890 people - some 65 per cent - voted for keeping the current leader and cabinet system, whereas 44,571 - 35 per cent - were for having an elected mayor.
But the people of Doncaster have decided to keep their system of an elected mayor after a referendum was held. More than 42,000 voters, or 61.7% voted in favour, with only 25,879, or 37.8%, preferring a leader and a cabinet.
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David Cameron’s dream of elected mayors in all major cities looked to be in tatters today.
Voters also in Manchester, Nottingham, Coventry and Bradford said No to the idea in referendums and there were signs that other cities may have followed suit.
The results are embarrassing for the Prime Minister, who had thrown his weight firmly behind the change.
Mr Cameron had attempted to use the example of London Mayor Boris Johnson, saying he wanted a “Boris in every city”.
However, critics argued that the proposals were unnecessary and would add another expensive layer of bureaucracy.
Manchester voted against by a margin of 53.24% to 46.76%, and Nottingham by 57.5% to 42.5%. Both cities had a low turnout of 24%.
The outcome in Coventry was more resounding, with just 36.42% backing the change and 63.58% opposing it. In Bradford the vote was 44.87% for and 55.13% against.