Cities say no to elected mayors

Many of Britain's major cities have rejected the chance to have mayor's in referendums. Bristol has bucked the trend by supporting the move.

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Birmingham refuses to take 'leap of faith' and elect its mayor

In Birmingham, Liberal Democrat John Hemming campaigned against the creation of an elected mayor. He told BBC Radio 4's World at One:

I think people have been swinging against the idea. I think they don't like the idea of concentrating all the power in one individual's hands, particularly when they don't even know what the powers are going to be.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne, who was set to stand for mayor in the city, said that bringing in an elected mayor was like "asking people to take a leap of faith" when faith in politics was at "a low ebb".

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Joe Anderson is Liverpool's first elected mayor

Labour's Joe Anderson has become Liverpool's first elected mayor.

The councillor, who has until now been leader of Liverpool City Council, won the city's first mayoral elections at the first count with 58,448 votes.

It comes after the council voted in February to accept a "city deal" which is set to bring in £130 million in additional government funds.

Mr Anderson was followed in the poll by independent candidate Liam Fogarty with 8292 votes and Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp with 6238, but with 57.70% of the vote he won at the first count.

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