Wakefield referendum to introduce directly-elected mayor?

Date:26th April 2010.'Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, visiting Leeds, at The Light, supporting the conservative party election campaign.
Date:26th April 2010.'Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, visiting Leeds, at The Light, supporting the conservative party election campaign.

THE city’s first directly-elected mayor could be voted into their seat in November if the public shows support for the new role.

Wakefield is one of 11 cities to be part of a referendum on May 3 over the introduction of a directly-elected mayor.

And if the public says ‘yes’ to the new leadership position, it would then get to choose its first mayor in a ballot on November 15.

The mayor would have the same role as London’s Boris Johnson, with powers similar to those of the executive committee in a Leader and Cabinet model local authority.

Government ministers have said the position would also give cities “visible leadership”, increasing prosperity and attracting investment.

Mayors would be elected for four-year terms.

Cities Minister Greg Clark said: “The world’s great cities have mayors who lead for their city on the national and international stage, attracting investment and jobs. We believe that mayors can help English cities achieve their full potential too.

“This May, the people of our cities will have the chance to have their say. Now is the time to start weighing up what a mayor could do for your city.”

The government’s Department for Communities and Local Government said mayors will have a “crucial role to play in shaping the ongoing process of reform, negotiating with ministers to specify and secure the specific powers that each community needs to prosper.”