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NETWORK STEPS INTO THE MAYORAL BREACH

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The New Local Government Network has formally launched its Mayoral Forum in a bid to stay closely associated with U...
The New Local Government Network has formally launched its Mayoral Forum in a bid to stay closely associated with UK's emerging elected mayoralties.

Network executive director Dan Corry said: 'Our attention is now focused on how the mayors are performing as part of the reality of local government. Through evidence-based research, our aim is that the forum becomes the UK's mayoral centre of expertise.'

The forum will deal with the relationships between mayors, officers and other organisations, the outcomes of regular policy and strategy discussions, and learning for mayors - including visits from foreign mayors.

Local Government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham (Lab) floated the idea of a forum for mayors immediately after the May elections, but the association decided to provide a 'non-prescriptive, informal' service of two or three meetings a year.

Head of member services Roy Williams agreed it was important for the association not to lose touch with mayors as they could prove to be the cutting edge of local government.

He said: 'The point they made is they're very much finding their way. They've said they'd like to maintain contacts with the LGA, but not be involved in a regular meeting. We're trying to tailor whatever we offer them to whatever they want.'

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