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Has the London vote strengthened the case for elected mayors?

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“The London mayoral election demonstrated the public interest in politicians with ideas and drive. The main candidates did not play the usual safe ‘stick to the spin’ approach, but spoke directly to people’s concerns. It shows that politicians with flair will bring out the vote.”

David RobertsAssistant director care services, Bromley LBC

“Elected mayors are a good urban model for democracy, but are not a solution for a large diverse rural area like the East Riding.”

Ann WoodwardHead of performance and strategic partnerships, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

“Intense media coverage and national political issues probably had more impact on the high turnout. Directly elected mayors may work for some urban unitaries, but it would difficult to see how they could be relevant for those who live in rural and/or two-tier areas.”

Jane BurnsAssistant chief executive, Gloucestershire CC

“The London mayoral election had the feel of a celebration about it and although there are some stunning mayors out there, I doubt that most local elections would have the same media coverage or popularity.”

Terry McDougallDirector, Solace Enterprises

“Directly elected mayors are appropriate in bigger cities, but in smaller towns there is a danger of this position being taken over by special interest groups who don’t have the interests of the whole community at heart.”

Sharon Taylor (Lab)Leader, Stevenage BC

“No. London is a real exception, where the celebrity aspect has captured the imagination of the electorate. Even if you agree it’s the right approach, it is dangerous to have so much power in the hands of one individual without sufficient checks and balances.”

Christina EarlsInternational Financial Reporting Standards project manager, DWP

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