Laura Sharman 17 October 2016

People reject elected mayor for Guildford in referendum

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Residents have rejected the idea of having a directly elected mayor in Guildford.

The referendum - which had a turnout of less than 25% of the city’s electorate - saw 20,639 vote against the proposal.

Only 4,948 people voted in favour of having a directly elected mayor.

The result means the council will continue to be run by a cabinet and leader, chosen by councillors.

Campaigners had handed a petition containing 5,200 signatures to the council calling for a referendum on having an elected mayor.

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