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The EU referendum in London - information for journalists

For more detailed information, please see the Electoral Commission’s media handbook (PDF).

How will the referendum be run in London?

London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London will each have a Local Counting Officer (LCO). The LCOs are responsible for running the referendum in their area. This includes producing the register of voters, sending out postal votes, running polling stations, counting the votes cast in that area and declaring the local result.

Where will the local counts take place?

A list of local counts in London can be found here (Excel). If you want to attend a local count you should contact the relevant local authority press office.

Where will the London regional count event take place?

There will be 12 regional result declaration events across the UK, including one at The Guildhall in London. At this event the Regional Counting Officer (RCO), Barry Quirk, will collate all the locally announced totals and declare the regional result for London

Will there be an actual count taking place at Guildhall?

No. Although the results will be collated at Guildhall and counted to arrive at a regional total, this will happen electronically. If you wish to attend a local count, please contact the relevant borough press office.

How do I attend the event?

Accreditation for the event has now closed. If you have any queries please call the press office on 020 7934 9989 or email Rosemary Davenport

The national declaration event

The national declaration of the result will be held in Manchester. The Electoral Commission is organising this event. Accreditation for this event has now also closed. If you have any queries, please contact their press office on 0207 271 0704.


Electoral Commission press office: 0207 271 0704 or [email protected]

London Councils press office: 020 7934 9970 or [email protected]