Directly Elected Mayors

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 21st October 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside 10:30 am, 21st October 2010

What representations he has received on his proposals to establish directly elected mayors in 12 cities in England.

Watch this
Embed this video

Copy and paste this code on your website

Hide

Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We have received many communications from various people who are interested in mayors, and it is our intention to introduce 12 mayors. We will also be introducing additional powers. I think the problem with mayors in the past is that they have been just another politician-[Hon. Members: "Boris!"] But as Boris Johnson has demonstrated in London, with passion and with power one can transform the post.

Watch this

Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside

We have had elected mayors in North Tyneside for more than eight years, and our most effective one was Mr John Harrison, who was the Labour mayor for four years. He did so much to progress the area, but, unfortunately, we now have a Conservative mayor. Regarding the proposal for 12 elected mayors, one of the Local Government Ministers has said that they will be chosen from among council leaders, with a referendum to follow afterwards. Should not they be chosen in an election, as the coalition agreement states?

Watch this
T

I think Mary is living in Cloud Cuckoo land if she thinks that John Harrison was the best Mayor. The reality is the Elected Mayoral system is an abject failure. It does not produce a Democratic System,as in North Tyneside, there has never been an Elected Mayor, whose Party has a Majority in the Chambers, therefore a...

Submitted by Terry Harding Continue reading

Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I have to say that Linda Arkley is doing a fantastic job as the Conservative mayor, and a very effective one, too. Perhaps the hon. Lady should have paid a little more attention to the earlier question, when I ruled out the possibility that we would be imposing mayors. This will be subject to a referendum. It was the Labour party that imposed forms of government on local government without consultation and without listening. This Government have learned the lesson; we will follow the will of the people.

Watch this

Photo of David Ward David Ward Liberal Democrat, Bradford East

Does the Secretary of State agree that, in regard to the localism agenda, there might be case for arguing that the imposition of a referendum on elected mayors is as bad as the imposition of elected mayors themselves?

Watch this

Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

My hon. Friend, whom I have known for the best part of 30 years, is sometimes a stranger to democracy. I know that democracy is an inconvenience, but I do not think it that it will do any harm to consult the people of Bradford.

Watch this