The council proposed to change the way it was run, from having an elected mayor and executive to having an elected leader and executive system. A local Referendum was held on Thursday 26th September 2013 to decide whether or not voters approved the change.
The question which was asked at the Referendum was:
How would you like Middlesbrough Council to be run?
By a mayor who is elected by voters. This is how the council is run now.
By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This would be a change from how the council is run now.
The results recorded were:
8674 votes for a Mayor who is elected by voters.
6455 votes for a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors.
All individuals who were on the register of electors by 11 September 2013 and were entitled to vote in local elections were able to vote in the Referendum.