Barbara has criticised the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government for proposing to impose Mayors on cities like Manchester without them being directly elected and without local people having a say.
A Government Minister has said the Government will make existing council leaders into mayors without them being directly elected or having a referendum on the change to a Mayor leading the City Council, rather than a council leader as at present.
Local Government Minister, Bob Neill, confirmed last week that existing council leaders would be made mayors with a vote held at a later date to ask whether local people “wanted to stick with” the arrangement that their council would be led by a Mayor who had not even been directly elected.
"This news will come as quite a shock to anyone who has heard Eric Pickles expounding the virtues of localism. Elected Mayors can offer highly effective local leadership - which is why Labour introduced the model.
“However for Pickles to impose it on Manchester and another 11 of our largest cities before holding referendums shows that he just doesn't trust local people to take decisions for their own areas.”