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PLANS FOR ELECTED MAYORS 'ARE PUT ON HOLD'

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Tony Blair is said to have backed the postponement of plans to have elected mayors in cities outside London until a...
Tony Blair is said to have backed the postponement of plans to have elected mayors in cities outside London until after the general election, according to The Daily Post (30 May, p7).

Following the debacle over London's mayoral elections, Whitehall sources have confirmed that proposals to have directly elected mayors elsewhere have been shelved for the time being.

Louise Ellman, the MP for Riverside who has declared that she would like to stand as a mayoral candidate in Liverpool, said she is 'conscious we are at an early stage'.

'It will be very disappointing to wait another year after expectations have been raised, but even if it happens later rather than sooner I don't see it is that serious,' she added.
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