Is the West about to get one more elected Mayor like Boris or George?

Would you like a Boris? Or a George? That's the question voters in the Bath and North East Somerset area are being asked. Credit: ITV West Country

Would you like a Boris? Or a George? That's the question voters in the Bath and North East Somerset area are being asked this week.

The authority is holding a referendum over whether to have an elected mayor. Some people are finding it confusing, wrongly believing the vote is for a mayor of Bath.

But while the city is the biggest area, any mayor would control the whole council area - including Chew Magna, Radsock and Keynsham.

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Since the Royal Crescent was built in the 1700s there have been more than 200 mayors of Bath. But none of them - not one - was directly elected by voters. Is that about to change?>Yes, if campaigner Philip Raby gets his way.

I just thought we should open up the whole thing and make it electable, accountable, visible, democratic - and the key thing about elected mayors all over the country, is that they get things done. Their mandate is to be dynamic, to be efficient and to get on with it.

Philip Raby
Canvassing taking place across the Bath and North East Somerset area. Credit: ITV West Country

Some people in the area have been out campaigning against directly elected mayors.>But there are just a few more days left of canvassing - the vote is on Thursday. If it is a yes, the vote for who will be the directly elected mayor will be held in October this year.