The word ‘Mayor’ usually conjures up an image of a man in red ceremonial robes, struggling under the weight of a heavy gold chain. Or, if you were in Hartlepool during their first local mayoral election in 2002, a man in a monkey suit…
Although H’Angus the Monkey wasn’t on the ballot paper last May, this week marks the first anniversary of a quiet revolution in some parts of England.
This devolution revolution led to the creation of six new metropolitan mayors, covering four of the top ten largest cities in England. They include a former Government Cabinet Minister and a previous Managing Director of John Lewis.
The powers and influence of directly elected mayors differ. However, one thing is universal - the level of their ambition.
The powers and influence of directly elected mayors differ, ranging from control of a £6bn healthcare budget (Andy Burnham, Manchester) to a board position on the biggest regeneration proje