Website calling for referendum on electing Leicester mayor opens
A website for a campaign calling for a referendum on electing a mayor went live yesterday.
Businessman Callum McKeefery is leading calls for a vote to see whether the system introduced in Leicester in May 2010 should be kept or scrapped.
Mr McKeefery, who owns a bar and nightclub in the city centre and has internet companies, launched his campaign because of his opposition to Sir Peter Soulsby's plans to turn St Nicholas Place into a £4 million public plaza, called Jubilee Square.
Mr McKeefery, who has a bar in St Nicholas' Place, said: "The website is up and running. We have still got some work to do on it but we have already had people looking at it."
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The website asks people to submit their addresses so they can be sent a petition to collect or sign. Online submissions will not count.
If 12,000 names are collected, it will trigger a referendum.
Last night, deputy mayor Rory Palmer said: "I don't want to give this website too much publicity but, having looked at it for a couple of minutes, I'm struggling to see these so-called compelling arguments for a referendum."