Stoke votes to lose its elected mayor
Stoke-on-Trent is to lose its elected mayor after a public referendum on the topic.
Voting was 21,231 to 14,592 to replace the post with a council leader and Cabinet, in line with most other authorities.
Stoke's Mayor, Labour's Mark Meredith, will serve out the rest of his term until next spring.
This is the first time in Britain that voters have decided to scrap the post of elected mayor. There are now 12 left in England, including London's.
The poll was called after rule changes barred the system in Stoke of an elected mayor and council manager.
Voters in the referendum were asked to choose between a council leader and Cabinet or an elected mayor and Cabinet.
Turnout was 19.23%.