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NEW REPORT WANTS THE PROPOSED LONDON MAYOR GIVEN MORE POWER

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A report published today criticises the government's plans to introduce an elected London mayor, claiming the post ...
A report published today criticises the government's plans to introduce an elected London mayor, claiming the post will have little of the power wielded by American mayors.

The Times (p6) says the Politeia report, published for a centre right think-tank, finds mayors of bigger American cities can appoint and sack officials, veto council motions and manage budgets.

This contrasts starkly it says with proposals in the Green Paper, New Leadership for London, which wants an elected assembly to keep a London mayor in check with powers to amend budgets and approve appointments.

The report's author Dr Tim Hames says: 'If current plans are followed, the new mayor of London will have powers that are compromised from the outset.'

He suggests the White Paper due to be published in March should either scrap the proposed elected assembly and replace it with a forum comprising the leaders of the 32 London boroughs and the chairman of the Corporation of London, or limit its powers considerably.
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