Support grows for mayors as Londoners hail “better city” from experience

A new ComRes poll contains good news for advocates of mayors. 69% agreed that London was a 'better city' for having a mayor.

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The latest ComRes poll on the London mayoral race appeared to show bad news for Ken (although questions have been raised about the veracity of the Evening Standard’s claims that “liftgate” was affecting the result). But a question buried deep in the full tabs contains good news for advocates of mayors.

Ken-Livingstone-Boris-JohnsonOver two-thirds of those polled (69 per cent) agreed that “London is a better city for having a Mayor”. Just 12 per cent disagreed.

Ten cities will vote on whether to follow London’s lead on May 3rd. Although many voters are not aware that the votes are taking place, there appears to be modest support for extending the number of mayors.

In Birmingham, a recent poll found 54 per cent support the city having a directly elected mayor with 23 per cent opposed. But only 41 per cent are aware of the poll. In Manchester, the decision is far closer with 43 per cent of Mancunians intending to vote in favour while 50 per cent would rather stick with the status quo.

There was, however, more support for the idea of a mayor for the whole of Greater Manchester. Across the region, 56 per cent thought that was a better idea than individual mayors for individual towns and cities.

A separate poll which interviewed 500 people each in Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield and Doncaster found 53 per cent of people said they would like an elected mayor with 37 per cent disagreeing and 10 per cent undecided. That said, 90 per cent  of respondents said they had been given little or no information about the vote.

 


See also:

Will Birmingham say ‘alrite’ to an elected Mayor? 29 Mar 2012

Will Bristol cross the bridge to an elected Mayor? 15 Mar 2012

Will Manchester say yes to an elected Mayor in May? 6 Mar 2012

Elected Mayors: Let the referendum campaigns begin 26 Jan 2012

Directly elected mayors with increased powers will reinvigorate local governance 25 Jan 2012


 

As my colleague Lewis Goodall wrote yesterday for the Newcastle Journal:

We live in the most politically centralised country in the developed world. Often this means that the North is unable to respond to the opportunities and challenges of its citizens. This is not helped by the fact that public spending continues to be disproportionately directed to London and the South East.

IPPR North research, for example, has shown that while the government plans to spend £2,700 per head on upcoming infrastructure projects in London and the South East, it plans only to spend just £5 a head in the North East.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson argues for yet more and more public money to be pumped into the capital.  Our local government, as presently constituted, seems unable to provide the counterbalance we desperately need on the national stage.

The referendums offer a real chance for cities to think about how they want to be governed. While there can be no guarantees, introducing mayors could be a good chance for these places to become “better cities” as Londoners believe.

IPPR North is organising a debate with the Yes and No campaigns in Newcastle and on Tuesday 17th April at 6.30pm at the City Library. Speakers include former Cabinet Minister Lord Andrew Adonis and former leader of Newcastle City Council Lord Jeremy Beecham.

 


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32 Responses to “Support grows for mayors as Londoners hail “better city” from experience”

  1. Pulp Ark

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  2. Trakgalvis

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  3. Yes to Mayors

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  4. Political Planet

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  5. Richard Darlington

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  6. Mayor For Nottingham

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  9. Mick Coughlan

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  10. Kevin Meagher

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  11. IPPR North

    Are Mayors good for cities? Do voters want them? @wdjstraw & @lewis_goodall from @IPPR & @IPPRNorth on @leftfootfwd //t.co/VzYLhzhY

  12. BevR

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  13. Will Straw

    Londoners believe theirs is a "better city" for having a mayor. Will other cities follow suit on May 3rd? //t.co/map2TRSX

  14. Andrew Lomas

    Londoners believe theirs is a "better city" for having a mayor. Will other cities follow suit on May 3rd? //t.co/map2TRSX

  15. Stewart Owadally

    Londoners believe theirs is a "better city" for having a mayor. Will other cities follow suit on May 3rd? //t.co/map2TRSX

  16. Ethos Journal

    Londoners believe theirs is a "better city" for having a mayor. Will other cities follow suit on May 3rd? //t.co/map2TRSX

  17. Henry

    Mayors make sense in London because the alternative, we had before, was 33 separate boroughs each with their own agendas. One voice speaking for London is obviously a good idea.

    But that doesn’t apply elsewhere. They already have a single Council and a single leader working for them. Advocates of mayors claim it will mean creating national figures who will get more for their area. But here is my challenge to those who say that:

    Apart from Boris, can you name any of the existing 12 mayors, or anything they have secured that they wouldn’t have as a leader?

  18. Adam Branson

    Londoners believe theirs is a "better city" for having a mayor. Will other cities follow suit on May 3rd? //t.co/map2TRSX

  19. Mayor For Nottingham

    69% say London is better for having a directly elected mayor. And support is growing in other cities too. //t.co/WkAJy4kr

  20. Wilford, Nottingham

    69% say London is better for having a directly elected mayor. And support is growing in other cities too. //t.co/WkAJy4kr

  21. Greg Clark

    Support grows for mayors as Londoners hail "better city" from experience reports @wdjstraw //t.co/Y6ZfVKMR

  22. Anonymous

    Obviously? There’s been an immense amount of waste, fraud and damage done to London.

    Boris is working very hard to push the working poor out, and he’s succeeding!

  23. Mr. Sensible

    Each area should make its own decision, but I probably agree with you, Henry.

  24. Annette Strauch

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  29. Newcastle Mayor

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  30. Laura Wilkes

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