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UK of Weardale Monarchy Referendum 2016
Should the United Kingdom retain the current UK Royal family or appoint a new royal family?
Location UK of Weardale & Holy islands
Date 3rd July 2016
Results
Votes  %
Retain 1,384,335 39.22
New 2,269,928 60.78
Total votes 3,654,263
Registered voters/turnout 4,202,588 85.87

The United Kingdom of Weardale Monarchy Referendum was a referendum held in the nation on 3rd July 2016 on whether to retain the British Royal Family as head of state or appoint a new Dalean Royal Family.

Campaigning was fierce, with only the Weardale Conservatives being the main party to support retain. The ruling Weardale Labour Party supported the introduction of a new royal family to gain a stronger national identity and sense of independence.

Opinion polls averaged at 41% support for retain with 59% support for a new royal family. 

Polling stations opened at 7am on 3rd July 2016 and were open until 10pm the same day. Turnout was reported to be high, estimated at least 80% on the day.

When polling stations were closed, the counting began immeadiately, unlike the UK in elections & referendums, constituencies of Weardale annouce their votes in a set order, with the Capital Crook beginning, culminating with the Holy Islands last. 

Following the counting of all votes, the introduction of a new royal family was successful, achieving 60.78% of the vote to retains 39.22%. Of the 97 voting areas, 21 voted to retain the current British Royal Family, whilst 76 supported the introduction of a new Dalean Royal Family. Flackfoss on the north coast voted most strongly for a new Royal Family, at 80.97% of their vote, whilst voting 19.03% to retain. Brancepeth voted most strongly to retain the British Royal Family, with 62.14% of their vote whilst 37.86% voted for a new royal family. The most marginal seat was Witton Park, Escomb & Toronto, on the outskirts of the nations largest city, Bishop Auckland, which voted 50.01% (8,052 votes) to retain and 49.99% (8,048 votes) for a new royal family.

The highest turnout was recorded in Bishop Auckland East, where 96.28% of the registered voters did so. The lowest turnout was recorded in Calcheth, where turnout was 67.79%


Prime minister Lorraine James announced that steps would begin immeadiately to remove Elizabeth II as the nations head of state on August 1st 2016 and crowning a new monarch on the same date, James stated this would be awarded to a deserving individual who had contributed significantly to the new nation and would be decided by parliamentary debates.


ResultsEdit

97 Voting Areas voted as follows

Region Constituent Size Turnout Retain votes New votes Total Retain % New %
Crook North 64,381 89.72% 11,391 46,371 57,762 19.72% 80.28%
Crook South 96,781 94.13% 27,192 63,912 91,104 29.85% 70.15%
Bishop Auckland Central 78,182 91.26% 30,126 41,219 71,345 42.23% 57.77%
Bishop Auckland West 36,291 94.36% 18,312 15,931 34,243 53.48% 46.52%
Bishop Auckland South 50,192 80.68% 19,212 21,281 40,493 47.45% 52.55%
Bishop Auckland East 28,391 96.28% 14,212 13,122 27,334 51.99% 48.01%
West Auckland 40,812 77.98% 14,381 17,443 31,824 45.19% 54.81%
South Church 20,182 86.07% 8,381 8,990 17,371 48.25% 51.75%
Coundon & Eldon 48,481 79.23% 16,482 21,931 38,413 42.91% 57.09%
Willington West 23,937 81.85% 5,381 14,212 19,593 27.46% 72.54%
Willington East 19,371 79.62% 3,482 11,942 15,424 22.58% 77.42%
Byers Green, Newfield & Toddhills 10,921 72.15% 1,931 5,948 7,879 24.51% 75.49%
Brancepeth 9,631 88.08% 5,271 3,212 8,483 62.14% 37.86%
Oakenshaw 17,471 84.57% 4,391 10,384 14,775 29.72% 70.28%
Rushyford & Chilton 31,381 77.50% 11,383 12,938 24,321 46.80% 53.20%
Spennymoor West 56,371 87.92% 16,741 32,821 49,562 33.78% 66.22%
Spennymoor East 48,217 89.43% 20,182 22,938 43,120 46.80% 53.20%
Tow Law & Sunniside 27,182 85.37% 11,273 11,932 23,205 48.58% 51.42%
Ferryhill North 51,381 91.20% 19,381 27,481 46,862 41.36% 58.64%
Ferryhill South 52,183 92.27% 19,129 29,021 48,150 39.73% 60.27%
Howden & Witton Le Wear 21,321 84.84% 9,056 9,032 18,088 50.07% 49.93%
Hamsterley, Bedburn & Toft Hill 17,172 81.59% 7,473 6,537 14,010 53.34% 46.66%
Etherley & Spring Gardens 18,931 79.64% 7,894 7,182 15,076 52.36% 47.64%
Witton Park, Escomb & Toronto 19,261 83.59% 8,052 8,048 16,100 50.01% 49.99%
Auckland Park 28,361 82.93% 11,483 12,038 23,521 48.82% 51.18%
Shildon North 49,971 92.12% 15,851 30,182 46,033 34.43% 65.57%
Shildon South 50,031 92.28% 16,038 30,133 46,171 34.74% 65.26%
Heighington Village 31,381 90.55% 15,493 12,921 28,414 54.53% 45.47%
Staindrop & Raby 26,821 80.36% 12,182 9,371 21,553 56.52% 43.48%
Barnard Castle 55,913 91.33% 30,938 20,128 51,066 60.58% 39.42%
Teesdale West 72,391 91.37% 36,031 30,111 66,142 54.48% 45.52%
Teesdale East 77,912 87.91% 36,123 32,371 68,494 52.74% 47.26%
Wolsingham 22,183 86.27% 8,137 11,001 19,138 42.52% 57.48%
Stanhope 19,731 86.23% 7,012 10,002 17,014 41.21% 58.79%
Frosterley 11,312 72.99% 3,283 4,974 8,257 39.76% 60.24%
West & East Gate 12,381 80.58% 4,974 5,002 9,976 49.86% 50.14%
St. Johns Chapel 9,183 77.57% 3,122 4,001 7,123 43.83% 56.17%
Alston 14,347 89.12% 6,942 5,844 12,786 54.29% 45.71%
Cowshill & Nenthead 7,471 80.02% 3,041 2,937 5,978 50.87% 49.13%
Castleside 20,183 86.98% 7,471 10,084 17,555 42.56% 57.44%
Esh Winning 40,183 74.07% 10,383 19,381 29,764 34.88% 65.12%
Gainford & Piercebridge 17,381 88.35% 8,371 6,985 15,356 54.51% 45.49%
Richmond North 61,381 91.99% 28,483 27,984 56,467 50.44% 49.56%
Richmond South 55,941 91.29% 30,941 20,127 51,068 60.59% 39.41%
Kirkby Stephen 48,183 90.43% 19,378 24,193 43,571 44.47% 55.53%
Appleby-In-Westmorland 50,912 86.78% 17,482 26,701 44,183 39.57% 60.43%
Langwathby 21,941 89.08% 10,001 9,543 19,544 51.17% 48.83%
Langthwaite 16,491 90.01% 7,002 7,841 14,843 47.17% 52.83%
Croxdale & Sunderland Bridge 29,271 90.20% 7,921 18,481 26,402 30.00% 70.00%
Catterick Garrison East 71,271 88.06% 19,481 43,278 62,759 31.04% 68.96%
Catterick Garrison West 59,281 83.54% 9,489 40,033 49,522 19.16% 80.84%
Eelry 65,281 81.02% 21,948 30,941 52,889 41.50% 58.50%
Larkinge 41,038 75.21% 10,484 20,381 30,865 33.97% 66.03%
Cewmann 47,389 72.56% 13,391 20,993 34,384 38.95% 61.05%
Kilmarnock 50,918 82.07% 16,398 25,391 41,789 39.24% 60.76%
Zalfari 57,381 78.18% 15,921 28,938 44,859 35.49% 64.51%
Lhanbyrde 38,411 79.39% 9,012 21,483 30,495 29.55% 70.45%
Arkala 27,384 85.78% 9,098 14,391 23,489 38.73% 61.27%
Alnwick 67,491 86.63% 17,481 40,984 58,465 29.90% 70.10%
Ramshorn 17,391 91.87% 8,631 7,346 15,977 54.02% 45.98%
Aysgarth 20,936 70.54% 3,384 11,384 14,768 22.91% 77.09%
Bowburn 49,997 88.93% 14,422 30,038 44,460 32.44% 67.56%
Ormkirck 48,182 90.06% 13,012 30,381 43,393 29.99% 70.01%
Swordbreak 37,912 89.14% 6,791 27,002 33,793 20.10% 79.90%
Wingston 58,831 80.45% 16,381 30,948 47,329 34.61% 65.39%
Banrockburn 46,183 83.16% 9,024 29,384 38,408 23.50% 76.50%
Bracklewhyte 50,183 89.45% 10,038 34,852 44,890 22.36% 77.64%
Flackfoss 37,491 90.53% 6,458 27,481 33,939 19.03% 80.97%
Blackridgepool 40,218 90.28% 9,831 26,478 36,309 27.08% 72.92%
Beckton 59,183 87.97% 15,581 36,481 52,062 29.93% 70.07%
Gillamoor 60,182 86.30% 14,934 37,003 51,937 28.75% 71.25%
Aerillon 34,831 86.15% 10,002 20,005 30,007 33.33% 66.67%
Hullbeck 40,531 84.31% 9,843 24,328 34,171 28.81% 71.19%
Birn 47,481 92.59% 17,481 26,481 43,962 39.76% 60.24%
Beckman 70,931 85.53% 20,383 40,284 60,667 33.60% 66.40%
Kalmackaltio 29,172 75.06% 7,931 13,966 21,897 36.22% 63.78%
Murlayfield 48,281 94.09% 21,038 24,391 45,429 46.31% 53.69%
Harnsey 50,813 87.35% 19,383 25,003 44,386 43.67% 56.33%
Holbeck 52,381 89.52% 17,478 29,412 46,890 37.27% 62.73%
Stanlow 83,121 95.00% 20,841 58,121 78,962 26.39% 73.61%
Beachcastle 35,381 91.33% 8,471 23,841 32,312 26.22% 73.78%
Travercraig 59,313 91.75% 14,581 39,841 54,422 26.79% 73.21%
Mirstone 57,391 86.90% 13,941 35,931 49,872 27.95% 72.05%
Roselake 62,381 89.52% 27,812 28,032 55,844 49.80% 50.20%
Warlington 61,831 88.09% 26,481 27,985 54,466 48.62% 51.38%
Strongfair 43,819 94.48% 17,489 23,913 41,402 42.24% 57.76%
Niska 50,912 90.26% 15,471 30,481 45,952 33.67% 66.33%
Pathstow 91,381 91.53% 23,271 60,371 83,642 27.82% 72.18%
Gilramore 43,831 83.87% 15,381 21,381 36,762 41.84% 58.16%
Norbury 50,312 87.16% 17,821 26,032 43,853 40.64% 59.36%
Peterboro 7,493 81.58% 3,578 2,535 6,113 58.53% 41.47%
Macson 50,391 84.02% 11,383 30,958 42,341 26.88% 73.12%
Holsworthy 56,381 82.82% 12,381 34,312 46,693 26.52% 73.48%
Calcheth 36,384 67.79% 5,381 19,283 24,664 21.82% 78.18%
Archensheen 50,434 88.97% 17,381 27,489 44,870 38.74% 61.26%
Lullin 58,391 85.99% 19,278 30,931 50,209 38.40% 61.60%
Guthram 53,481 86.76% 11,481 34,918 46,399 24.74% 75.26%
Holy Island 83,325 91.62% 38,391 37,948 76,339 50.29% 49.71%
4,202,588 85.87% 1,384,335 2,269,928 39.22% 60.78%

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