Calls for referendum on elected mayor for South Yorkshire

Calls for referendum on elected mayor for South Yorkshire

Sheffield councillors will be asked to vote for a referendum on plans for a new elected mayor for the area.

Sheffield City Region has an in-principle devolution deal for extra powers and £900m over 30 years from Whitehall, which includes a directly elected mayor from 2017.

A new motion by Green councillors has been submitted to Sheffield Council’s full meeting on Wednesday objecting to the imposition of an elected mayor.

Read on: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/calls-for-referendum-on-elected-mayor-for-south-yorkshire-1-7549515

3 thoughts on “Calls for referendum on elected mayor for South Yorkshire

  1. We should have a referendum. Apart from Doncaster the electorate voted years ago and chose NOT to have an elected Mayor. Why should the current rabble of Councillors go against their constituents now?

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  2. This is a terrible deal.

    I understand that unlike the London Mayor, there isn’t going to be a democratically elected assembly to scrutinise decisions made, instead we’ll have a board of all 9 local council leaders.

    That means we’ll not only end up with a Labour mayor but 8 out 9 local council leaders (scrutinising 900 million pounds being spent) are also Labour.

    This also means that despite around 4 in 10 local people voting Labour,the future of Sheffield City Region will be decided round a table where 9 out of 10 people belong to Labour.

    All this without any referendum.

    No wonder local Labour leaders think this is a great idea.

    So there we have it Labour scrutinising Labour, what could go wrong?

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