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'No' vote in the North East.

Proposals for an elected regional assembly were turned down by voters in the North East in a referendum on regional government. The result means that an assembly will not be established in the region. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said: "Throughout this referendum, the government has made it absolutely clear that the decision whether to have elected regional government was a matter for the people of the North East. As a consequence of the vote the government will not introduce the Regional Assemblies Bill. Nor implement the local government changes that arise from an assembly. In regards to the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber we will take stock of the Electoral Commission's report, the result and the interest in those areas. …

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