Greg Clark: Date set for elected city mayors

Published on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 09:46
Posted by Scott Buckler

England's largest cities moved closer to deciding on directly elected mayors after Cities Minister Greg Clark set the date for local referendums

Ballot boxes will open across Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle Upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield on 3 May 2012 for people to vote for an elected mayor. This is the same date as most of their local elections.

Where people vote in favour, the city will move to an elected mayor and hold elections. Directly elected mayors is just one of the measures in the Government's Localism Act, which ushers in a new era of people power.

Elected mayors can provide strong, democratically accountable leadership, maximising their city's potential for economic growth and bringing real benefits for residents and businesses when backed with the right powers.

Greg Clark said:

"Our greatest cities can benefit from strong, visible leadership and international standing that a mayor, elected with a clear mandate, can bring.

"Around the world, including in London, a mayor has become a vital part in ensuring that a great city has a strong voice and can attract investment from home and aboard.

"Britain's success depends on the success of our great cities and I am convinced that an elected mayor, taking powers previously confined to ministers, can help realise their potential."


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