Greater London Authority referendum, 1998

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Greater London Authority referendum
Are you in favour of the Government's proposals for a Greater London Authority, made up of an elected mayor and a separately elected assembly?
Results
Yes or no Votes Percentage
Yes check.svg Yes 1,230,759 72.01%
X mark.svg No 478,413 27.99%
Valid votes 1,709,172 98.49%
Invalid or blank votes 26,178 1.51%
Total votes 1,735,350 100.00%
Voter turnout 34.6%
Electorate 5,016,064
Results by Borough
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Referendum held: 7 May 1998
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The Greater London Authority referendum of 1998 was a referendum held in Greater London on 7 May 1998 asking whether there was support for the creation of a Greater London Authority, composed of a directly elected Mayor of London, and a London Assembly to scrutinise the Mayor's actions. Voter turnout for the referendum was 34.1%.[1]

Results[edit]

The referendum asked voters the question:

  • Are you in favour of the Government's proposals for a Greater London Authority, made up of an elected mayor and a separately elected assembly?*
Agree :
1,230,759 (72.0%)
Disagree :
478,413 (28.0%)

Results by Borough[edit]

Local authority Yes No Yes % No % Turnout*
City of London 977 574 63.0 37.0 30.6
Barking & Dagenham 20,534 7,406 73.5 26.5 24.9
Barnet 55,487 24,210 69.6 26.5 30.4
Bexley 36,527 21,195 63.3 36.7 34.7
Brent 47,309 13,050 78.4 21.6 35.6
Bromley 51,410 38,662 57.1 42.9 40.2
Camden 36,007 8,348 81.2 18.8 32.8
Croydon 53,863 29,368 64.7 35.3 37.2
Ealing 52,348 16,092 76.5 23.5 37.8
Enfield 44,297 21,639 67.2 32.8 32.8
Greenwich 36,756 12,356 74.8 25.2 32.4
Hackney 31,956 7,195 81.6 18.4 33.8
Hammersmith & Fulham 29,171 8,255 77.9 22.1 33.6
Haringey 36,296 7,038 83.8 16.2 29.9
Harrow 38,412 17,407 68.8 31.2 36.0
Havering 36,390 23,788 60.5 39.5 33.8
Hillingdon 38,518 22,523 63.1 36.9 34.4
Hounslow 36,957 12,554 74.6 25.4 31.9
Islington 32,826 7,428 81.6 18.5 34.2
Kensington & Chelsea 20,064 8,469 70.3 29.7 27.9
Kingston-upon-Thames 28,621 13,043 68.7 31.3 41.1
Lambeth 47,391 10,544 81.8 18.2 31.7
Lewisham 40,188 11,060 78.4 21.6 29.3
Merton 35,418 13,635 72.2 27.8 37.6
Newham 33,084 7,575 81.4 18.6 27.9
Redbridge 42,547 18,098 70.2 29.8 34.9
Richmond-upon-Thames 39,115 16,135 70.8 29.2 44.5
Southwark 42,196 10,089 80.7 19.3 32.7
Sutton 29,653 16,091 64.8 35.2 34.9
Tower Hamlets 32,630 9,467 77.5 22.5 34.2
Waltham Forest 38,344 14,090 73.1 26.9 33.6
Wandsworth 57,010 19,695 74.3 25.7 38.7
Westminster 28,413 11,334 71.5 28.5 31.8
Totals 1,230,759 478,413 72.01 27.99 34.1%
Source: The Independent

The 'Yes' vote won in every London Borough. There was generally more support in the Inner London Boroughs than the Outer London ones. The lowest support figures were 60.5% in Havering and 57.1% in Bromley; the greatest were 83.8% in Haringey and 81.8% in Lambeth.

Aftermath[edit]

The government passed the Greater London Authority Act 1999, creating the Greater London Authority. Elections for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly were held in May 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Overwhelming vote for mayor BBC News, 8 May 1998

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