According to the BBC News the people of Stockton have decided against an elected Mayor.
They have chosen a leader and cabinet system which I actually think is even WORSE than having a directly elected mayor.
The people of Stockton will end up with someone with all the powers of an elected mayor and with the four year term of an elected mayor but whom they have no direct role in choosing. This puts power directly into the hands of the party groups. A victory for the political class and a defeat for democracy! Mind you, as only 19% bothered to vote then democracy is pretty much dead in Stockton anyway!
PS 13,445 opted for a council leader with a cabinet system, and 12,513 for a directly elected mayor with a cabinet. I wonder how many spoilt papers there were?