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Big Step Forward for Lib Dem “Axe the Mayor” Campaign


Torbay Council agreed, at Octobers Full Council meeting, by the Chairman’s casting vote, to hold a referendum as to whether Torbay should have an elected Mayor or a Leader and Cabinet system.

The vote will be held next May at the same time as the Police and Crime Commissioners elections to reduce the cost of the referendum.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council Steve Darling said, “53% of the public wanted a Committee System.  The Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council backed this and felt that we could dramatically reduce the cost that had been suggested for this system.  Sadly, an alliance between the Conservatives and Brixham independents forced through the alternative system of Leader and Cabinet.”   We now need to work with other groups on the Council to try to ensure that the Leader and Cabinet system that will be voted on next May is more reflective of the Committee System that the public actually wanted.”


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