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Greater Manchester appoints interim mayor

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The police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd (Lab) has been appointed the region’s interim mayor.

After a series of workshops and interviews throughout May, Mr Lloyd beat the only other candidate for the role, Lord Peter Smith who is the current chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and leader of Wigan MBC.

The final decision, made this afternoon, rested with the 10 local authority leaders across Greater Manchester.

As a result, Mr Lloyd will take over the chairmanship of the combined authority once he has been formally appointed interim mayor on 26 June. He will not need to give up his PCC role as that will eventually fall under the control of the elected mayor.

The interim mayor will not have the same powers as the elected mayor.

While the job description said the interim mayor would be expected to chair meetings, oversee the work of the combined authority’s members and officers, and act as an ambassador and “champion” for Greater Manchester, they will largely be tasked with strengthening governance arrangements and ensuring appropriate resources, structures, and processes are in place for when the publicly elected mayor takes office in May 2017.

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