Labour peer Lord Adonis, Cities Minister Greg Clarke and Nottingham City Councillor Graham Chapman will meet to discuss the key points in an open debate this afternoon.

The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) will host the event, as both supporters and critics of the Mayoral plans will present their arguments to local business leaders, who will have the opportunity to question the proposals.

"This is one issue in which the Chamber's stance is neither for nor against. As a Chamber, we want to see strong leadership in the city whatever the system and if there is to be a change, the Government would need to give a directly-elected mayor true authority and decision-making capabilities.”

The Coalition Government plans to create 12 directly elected mayors in 12 English cities outside of London. A referendum on the issue will be held on 3 May.

“It is for the voters of Nottingham to decide whether or not they want their city to be run by an elected mayor and this event will give businesses the opportunity to hear the facts from both sides of the debate before making their mind up."

Businesses can book their place at this free event online here.