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More mayors for England

English mayors are popular and successful. The government should legislate to introduce more of them

By Michael Kenny   May 2008

The London mayoral election has got a lot of people in the capital talking about politics again. It is partly, of course, the fact that the battle for Britain’s most important directly elected political position is being contested by two celebrity candidates—Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson—in a very tight race.

But there is more at stake here than political drama. This election matters for the people of London. True, the Greater London Authority Act of 1999 handed few direct powers to the mayor. The city leader is able to exercise strategic and co-ordinating powers over only transport, policing and economic…

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