A Referendum was held to decide whether to change the way votes were cast in parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom.
This would have meant a move from 'first-past-the-post' voting, in which voters choose a single candidate and the candidate with the most votes is elected, to a system known as the 'alternative vote' (AV). The alternative vote system involves voters ranking all candidates in an order of preference, rather than voting for a single candidate.
The Referendum took place on Thursday 5 May 2011.
Result of poll for the local counting area of Middlesbrough:
10,416 votes were recorded as 'Yes' (to change to the alternative vote)
25,721 votes recorded as 'No' (to stay with first-past-the-post)