Greater London Authority referendum, 1998
|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|
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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%.
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.
|Invalid or blank votes||26,178||1.51|
|Registered voters and turnout||5,016,064||34.60|
Results by Borough
|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|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||29,171||8,255||77.9||22.1||33.6|
|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|
|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.
- Overwhelming vote for mayor BBC News, 8 May 1998