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HALT CALLED FOLLOWING HARTLEPOOL BC VOTE

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Labour MPs have called for a halt to mayoral elections following the vote in Hartlepool BC. ...
Labour MPs have called for a halt to mayoral elections following the vote in Hartlepool BC.

More than a dozen have signed an early-day motion in the House of Commons calling for a moratorium on further referendums to create elected mayors.

The MPs say the recent elections could 'undermine the good governance of the councils concerned'. They have called for an assessment to be made of the new mayors' effectiveness before more ballots are heard.

Hartlepool's new mayor stood for election as the mascot of the local football club, H'Angus the Monkey.

Across the Tees, controversial former policeman Ray Mallon was elected mayor of Middlesbrough Council.

Labour MP Mark Tami, who tabled the motion, said: 'I believe before we hold any more referendums we should have time to assess the success or failure of this experiment. I am deeply concerned by the outcome of a number of recent mayoral elections.'

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