Hartlepool, said he would take the job seriously. 'Originally it was a
joke', he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme, 'but we've got a lot of serious policies'.
were against the idea of directly elected mayors because we thought they
allowed for gimmicks and superficial characters to succeed and we were
clearly proved right'.
Labour party chairman Charles Clarke also said Mr Drummond's win 'ridicules
the whole system'.