Mayoral referendum question

The coat of arms of Liverpool City Council
God gives the tranquility, but voters give the mayor.

The Question for the mayoral referendums has been announced – at least, I assume it’s the same for all referendums that are taking place on the same issue – and is on the Liverpool Yes campaign’s website. The question reads:

Q. How would you like Liverpool 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 change from how the council is run now.

Haven’t seen any polling on public opinion on the issue yet, but just looking at the question cold, I wonder whether dissatisfaction with politics will push people towards the option that has “change” in the description.

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Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.