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POLL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR DIRECTLY ELECTED MAYORS

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A MORI poll commissioned by the New Local Government Network has found that almost seven out of 10 people questione...
A MORI poll commissioned by the New Local Government Network has found that almost seven out of 10 people questioned in five large English cities back the idea of an elected mayor.

The Daily Post (p16) reports that the survey of public attitudes in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Sheffield found that 68% of people canvassed believe there should be a public referendum on elected mayors.

More than nine out of 10 people believe their councils need to get better at providing local services as well as improving consultation with citizens.

Liverpool City Council's leader, Mike Storey, has backed the idea of a directly elected mayor. But has been overruled by the Liberal Democrat group.

Labour group leader Frank Prendergast is also against an elected mayor for the city, but support the idea for Merseyside.
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