Voters will be asked, at a referendum on 3rd May, to decide whether they want Birmingham Council to be run by a directly elected mayor, similar to the way that London is run. Boris Johnson has been the directly elected mayor of London since 2008.
The Birmingham referendum will take place on the same day as the local council elections.
The referendum question will ask:
- How would you like Birmingham City Council to be run?
- By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now.
- By a mayor who is elected by voters. This would be a change from how the council is run now.
Nine other cities, including Coventry, Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester, will hold a similar referendum on the same day. Two weeks ago, Liverpool voted in favour of having a directly elected mayor for their city.