A campaign has been started to fight against plans to have an elected mayor in Newcastle upon Tyne. On May 3rd 2012 the citizens of Newcastle will vote in a referendum to decide if the city should elect a mayor or not.
At the referendum people will be asked the following question:
“How would you like Newcastle City Council to be run?
By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now.
By a mayor who is elected by voters. This would be a change from how the council is run now. “
The No Newcastle Mayor campaign has been set up to encourage people to pick the first option and send a clear message that an elected mayor is not needed in Newcastle. The website set up to support the campaign details the reasons for voting against the proposal and explains the arguments.
You can read more about the campaign at www.nonewcastlemayor.org.uk