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Massive backing to – Axe the Mayor


The Liberal Democrats are the only party on Torbay Council fully committed to axing the Elected Mayor. We feel that this system is undemocratic by its nature and concentrates too much power in one person. It is an unnecessary additional cost to local tax payers.

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Results of the Council Consultation

Over 74% of people who participated in the Councils consultation this August, wanted to Axe the Mayor. 904 residents took the trouble of participating in the survey and well over 50% wanted to change the way the Council is run to a more accountable committee system.

Paignton Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Doggett said “I am delighted that this result has confirmed our views as Lib Dems on Torbay Council. We will be backing this result when it comes up at Full Council on the 24 of September. We will be voting for a referendum to abolish the Mayoral system, to be held, next May”

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Consultation on Mayoral Referendum

Torbay Council conducted a consultation of the Governance of the Council between the 3 August & 30 August 2015. The results were as follows:

904 participants

In favour of referendum that could abolish the elected Mayoral system: 74.7%,  675 votes

No Change 21.8%, 197 votes


Which new system of Governance do you want for Torbay?

Committee system 53.8%, 486 votes

Cabinet with Leader 23.6%, 213 votes

Do not know 22.6%, 205 votes

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