Oppose elected mayors

Submitted by Matthew on 28 March, 2012 - 10:05

In May, there will be referenda in 10 cities, alongside the local government elections, over whether they should have elected mayors.

Socialists should advocate a No vote. The elected mayoral positions remove accountability to either the labour movement or the electorate on anything but a four or five yearly basis, and give the mayors power to override councils in that period.

However the official leaflet I have received seems to be biased in favour of a mayor, posing the issue as one of voters’ rights against those of councillors’ caucuses.

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