North East Referendum of November 2004

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Traditionally the English people preferred the continuance of the Government in the form of Parliament in the Westminster with least preferences for any other form of government. When the intentions to from Regional Assemblies and an England-wide parliament were debated there had been clear indications of people's preferences for the Parliament in Westminster.


Moreover the conservative thinking of most of the English people with their reluctance to accept any changes may be another reason for the refusal to consider the development of regional governments. However the Labour government of England had a different view altogether. With disregard to the public opinion the government wanted to push the conservative policies of regionalization of the government. This, the labour government wanted to do as a measure to strengthen the operating mechanisms of the central government in the different regions. With this intention the Government held a referendum in the North East Region of England on the 4th of November 2004, for assessing the public opinion on the regionalization of the government. For whatever reasons, the referendum was rejected overwhelmingly by the voters showing their intention clearly against the formation of any regional assemblies.
This paper attempts to discuss in detail among other things, the possible reasons for holding such a referendum, the campaigns made in support and against such referendum, the turnout of the voters and the details of the final results of the referendum.
North East region in one of the eight regions of England, that stretches from Scotland to Yorkshire. ...
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