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CONSTITUTION UNIT CALLS FOR PR BEFORE ELECTED MAYORS

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Introducing proportional representation to local government elections should be considered at the same time as move...
Introducing proportional representation to local government elections should be considered at the same time as moves to directly elected mayors, according to the Constitution Unit.

In a report on the potential impact of PR on local government, the think-tank warns that the choice of an electoral system for a mayor would limit the choice of system for the council. 'Electoral reform therefore needs to be considered alongside and not after a decision to move to a mayoral model,' it says.

Other proposals on the government's reform agenda such as annual elections are also incompatible with a system of PR, the report warns.

The think-tank says that although PR will reduce the number of single-party dominated councils it may not, as many hope, make members more responsive to their electorate or increase turnout at the polls.

Author David Sinclair said: 'While it is not necessary that all reforms are introduced together, it is important they are considered together.'

A panacea for local government? The role of PR is available from the Constitution Unit, price£5, tel: 0171 504 4977

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