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Tony Lloyd: the future of elected mayors

Will the Manchester model work elsewhere?

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

At the beginning of September, the leaders of a number of urban areas (or “city regions”), including Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham and Sheffield, agreed in principle to introduce elected mayors in return for the devolving of powers from Westminster. They were responding to a deadline set by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who had made the adoption of elected mayors the condition of further devolution.

Osborne’s offer was modelled on the “Greater Manchester…

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