REFERENDUM RESULT

for the directly elected mayor: 45,960 (56%)

for the committee system: 36,424 (44%)

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CAMPAIGN STATEMENT

Newham Voting for Change is disappointed with the outcome of the governance referendum but the fact that 44% voted for the committee system shows that there is significant support for a more cooperative and collaborative politics.
Our campaign focused on democracy and inclusion and we must accept that the people of Newham have spoken. After twenty years of a directly elected mayor, they have opted to stick with that system for at least the next decade.
We would like to thank everyone involved in our campaign for their hard work over the past few months and congratulate those in the pro-mayoral @NewhamVote campaign for their part in helping residents understand the important issues at stake.
Newham Voting for Change also pays tribute to Mayor @rokhsanafiaz for keeping her promise to hold a referendum and for ensuring that voters had a real choice on the ballot paper.
Chair of Newham Voting for Change, Josephine Grahl said, “although it is disappointing that we did not win it is encouraging to see local people engaging in the debate about how their council is run. While the directly elected mayor system will continue, we are encouraged by…
…commitments made to wider participation through citizens’ assemblies and the proposed trialling of small-scale community councils where some powers are devolved to local areas. We hope…
…the mayor recognises that Newham voters are enthusiastic about more open and transparent decision-making at all levels within the council.”

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