1998 Greater London Authority referendum
|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?|
|Date||7 May 1998|
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 was low, at just 34.1%. The referendum was held under the provisions of the Greater London Authority (Referendum) Act 1998.
The question that appeared on ballot papers in the referendum before the electorate was:
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?
permitting a simple YES / NO answer.
Greater London Authority referendum, 1998
|Invalid or blank votes||26,178||1.51%|
|Registered voters and turnout||5,016,064||34.60%|
Results by borough
|Local authority||Votes||Proportion of votes||Turnout*|
|City of London||977||574||63.0||37.0||30.6|
|Barking and Dagenham||20,534||7,406||73.5||26.5||24.9|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||29,171||8,255||77.9||22.1||33.6|
|Kensington and Chelsea||20,064||8,469||70.3||29.7||27.9|
|Kingston upon Thames||28,621||13,043||68.7||31.3||41.1|
|Richmond upon Thames||39,115||16,135||70.8||29.2||44.5|
|Source: The Independent|
The 'Yes' vote won in every London Borough, though support generally was larger in Inner London than in Outer London. 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.
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- Overwhelming vote for mayor BBC News, 8 May 1998