Local government minister David Curry told the Commons yesterday that of 600 responses to a department of environme...
Local government minister David Curry told the Commons yesterday that of 600 responses to a department of environment consultation on elected mayors, only four were favourable (OA col 576).
'Not a single London borough; not a single metropolitan council; not a single district council or for that matter a single county council was in favour,' the minister said in response to the Labour MP for Cannock and Burntwood, Tony Wright.
Mr Wright asked why the government 'set their face against an idea' which, he claimed, was supported by 70% of the population.
But Mr Curry said it was not the government that was so against elected mayors, but local authorities:
'The government have told local authorities that if it is an area that they wish to explore, there is no reason why we should be hostile to it. When we consulted local government, it was clear that it was no interested.'