It’s referendum day

Southwark goes to the polls today to decide the future of the mayoral office.

The government has forced the borough to hold today's referendum with the choice being between keeping the present system of a non-party political office or changing to a directly elected party political mayor on a 65,000 a year salary.

The possible change has been bitterly opposed by most councillors and leading residents who fear rising expense and a lack of democracy.

However, there has been little campaigning and now the entire electorate can
have a say. The result is expected around midnight.

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