I don't think it's now possible to keep asking the same question.
I think the leadership have to accept that the people don't want it.
David Cameron's dream of elected mayors in Britain's major cities looks to be in tatters after the the idea was rejected in referendums.
People in Nottingham, Coventry and Birmingham will this week get the chance to decide whether they want mayors to lead their cities.
Liam Byrne the Birmingham Hodge Hill MP is to resign from the shadow cabinet to stand for mayor in Birmingham.