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NO PRESCRIPTION, SAYS ARMSTRONG

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The government will not be prescriptive about which councils should have mayors, local government minister Hilary A...
The government will not be prescriptive about which councils should have mayors, local government minister Hilary Armstrong said.

Speaking the morning the draft local government Bill was published, she said she was encouraged by moves towards a mayor for Liverpool City Council: 'I certainly think that in our large cities the directly elected mayor model has a lot to offer.

'[But] in most rural areas they would not want to be represented by a directly elected mayor.'

She criticised existing committee systems: 'It's not an honest system where the pretence is that all the decisions are taken in public and actually most of them are being taken in private.'
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