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LABOUR LEADERS CALL FOR MAYORS

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The Labour group leaders of five councils are the co-signatories of a letter to The Guardian (p19) which calls for ...
The Labour group leaders of five councils are the co-signatories of a letter to The Guardian (p19) which calls for elected mayors to be introduced all over the country.

The five are: Albert Bore, the leader of Birmingham City Council, Vince Muspratt, leader of Watford BC, Dave Sullivan, leader of Lewisham LBC, Gideon Ben-Tovim, Liverpool City Council's Labour group leader, and Del Herod, Bath and NE Somerset Council's Labour group leader.

'Despite the difficulties over the London mayoral race, the public continues to be enthusiastic for this reform in towns and cities across Britain,' they say.

'The survey commissioned by the New Local Government Network demonstrates that 59% of the public support the idea of an elected mayor for their areas and that 49% of people would be more likely to vote in local elections.

'Given the declining turnout levels in local government this can only be a positive development for local democracy. Elected mayors will be an important tool for providing strong, accountable and visible leadership. The London mayoral race should be the catalyst for others to follow.'
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