24% voted in the Yarm 4 Yorkshire poll last night 1465 'Yes' and 177 'No.'
On 22nd May1986 a similar poll in *Yarm voted 1675 'Yes' and 682 'No.' On that occasion 41.7% voted.
Also in 1986 *Guisborough voted overwhelmingly 4950 to 953 in favour of Yorkshire.
In *Loftus, however, the result was much closer. A 32.64% poll voted 1153 for Yorkshire and 1129 against. A majority of 24 in favour of Yorkshire, which was reported in the press as a 'Yorks vote snub.'
The reason for this small majority was no doubt a lot to do with the campaign run by Loftus Labour Party who turned it into a choice between Labour and Tory, claiming 'a vote for North Yorkshire was a vote for Mrs Thatcher.'
*Source - The Fight For Yorkshire by Michael Bradford Hutton Press Ltd 1988.