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CASCADE OF POWER FOR LONDON MAYOR

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The Financial Times (May 2, p9) ran a feature on the prospects for the post of London mayor, concluding that, altho...
The Financial Times (May 2, p9) ran a feature on the prospects for the post of London mayor, concluding that, although limited, the post will have real power.

Tony Travers, head of the London government group at the London School of Economics told the paper that the role proposed for the mayor is a strong one.

'More like the mayor of New York than of Paris or Berlin.' he said.

But Mr Travers criticises the pressure being put on the government from the home office and transport department that it should set a floor on police and transport spending.

'Both departments are worried the mayor will damage their service at the expense of the other. They can't both be right, and it is an affront to democracy. It is saying 'we believe London should have its own government, but we're going to tell you what you can spend'.'
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