Mayoral Petitions

Petitioning for an elected Mayor

The Local Government Act 2000 allows you to petition your council to hold a referendum on whether local people should elect a mayor to lead the council. This is conducted under the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2011.

What is our current arrangement?

For each local authority, there is an executive. Depending on the local arrangements, the executive is organised in one of three ways:

  • A directly elected mayor and a cabinet of councillors; or
  • A leader elected by the council and a cabinet of councillors; or
  • A directly elected mayor and a council manager appointed by the council.

We have a leader, elected by the council and a cabinet of councillors.

What is a directly elected mayor?

Voters in the council’s area elect a directly elected mayor to be head of the council’s decision-making body. A directly elected mayor should not be confused with a ceremonial mayor.

Why is a referendum necessary?

The introduction of a directly elected mayor is a significant constitutional change. We hold a referendum to give all voters in the area a chance to choose if they want this to happen.

In order to call a referendum for a directly elected mayor, a petition must be compiled which is signed by 5% of the number of local government electors that are shown in the current Register of Electors.

We publish annually the 5% verification figure as a Mayoral Petitions formal notice.

Last updated: Monday, 19 July, 2021.