Fears that, with no accompanying local elections, as few as 15% of Londoners would turn out for the Alternative Vote referendum proved to be unfounded with 1.86 million people casting votes on Thursday.
That’s 35.4% turnout, the lowest in the UK, where mean turnout was 42%.
London’s results mirror the drubbing handed out to the YES campaign. Just over 60% of voting Londoners rejected AV, with the vast majority of local authority areas (27 out of 33) recording a majority for the NO camp.
But inner-city Labour strongholds provided the few winning areas for supporters of the change. In Camden, Islington, Haringey, Lambeth, Hackney and Southwark, over 50% of people voted YES.
These six local authorities were six out of only ten local authorities in the UK to record a YES verdict.