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Referendums - information and advice

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Referendums can be called by a number of different bodies such as parliament or a local council. In the past referendums have been called to find out if the public wish to enter the European Community organisation and to see if London residents wished to have a London Mayor.

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) establishes a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any national referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland.

Similarly, the Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 establish a framework for the conduct of any referendum relating to whether a local authority (a county, district or borough) should change their governance arrangements.

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, local authorities are required to publish a notice detailing the number of local government electors required to validate any petition to trigger a local referendum.

Mayoral referendum public notice 2012|

More information about UK, national and regional referendums is available on the Electoral Commission's website (opens in a new window)|  .

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