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Beware the rise of the metro mayor

Six will be elected today—but there is no guarantee this will stem regional inequality

By James Sutton  

Andy Burnham, who is standing for the Greater Manchester Mayoralty ©Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

Voters across the UK are heading to the polls today. No, they aren’t casting their votes in the snap general election which has stifled all other political debate since it was announced. Nor are they taking part in—heaven forbid—a second EU referendum. Instead, they are choosing their representatives in local government.

Barring any more of Nigel Farage’s “political earthquakes,” these elections are typically routine affairs—an opportunity to punish or reward the government of the day, or…

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