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Bristol's U.S. style mayors: George Ferguson, Marvin Rees

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:17 pm    Post subject: Bristol's U.S. style mayors: George Ferguson, Marvin Rees Reply with quote

Five good reasons to vote 'yes'
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/good-reasons-vote-yes/story-15977277-de tail/story.html

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 - Christine Zaba - The Post
LAST week the Leader of Bristol City Council, Barbara Janke, resigned. Mrs Janke will be replaced in May, by a new leader of our city. How will that person be chosen?
First, the 32 Liberal Democrat Councillors – the majority group in the council – will vote for a new leader, within the Council House, meaning some 17 Lib Dem councillors will get their winner.
They will then talk with the 13 Tory councillors, who will also vote – behind closed doors as well. Eventually the agreed candidate will be put forward at the annual civic meeting on Tuesday 15 May.
And that will be the new leader of Bristol.
Is this what we want? For our city leaders to be forever chosen behind closed doors, by fellow politicians, without a single voter having a say?
We can ask tomorrow for a change to this. It's a chance for the city leader to be chosen by us – by the whole city, by everyone, openly.
I love Bristol – as a trade unionist, as a working mum, I do what I can to try to help my community and that's why I think this is a great idea.
Because the elected mayor of Bristol won't just be voted for by Bristolians – he or she will also have to listen to them.
The mayor will have to keep their promises. If not, the people of Bristol won't vote for them again, People will know who to complain to when things go wrong.
It's a clear, fair system which gives all voters an equal say.
Of course the council aren't all that keen on change.
Barbara Janke has told the Government the people of Bristol are too apathetic, too uninterested, to bother voting and therefore the mayor will be voted in just by a few.
Going round the city talking to people, I've found this isn't really true. People do want to vote, they are very, very interested – but they're not sure what they're voting for.
It would have helped if the useful eight-page leaflet which the Council was given money by the Government to write, had actually been delivered to all the houses in Bristol, as the council promised.
Mysteriously, those information leaflets "went missing". It was the Royal Mail's fault, the council said, not theirs.
That leaflet is still on the website (Google "elected mayor bristol city council" to find it) and in the libraries. Where it is not, for many people, is on your doormat.
So here are some facts.
First, an elected mayor is not a Tory idea. It was introduced by Labour as long ago as 1998 and is part of giving power away from Whitehall to the regions.
Now, ten cities in the UK are getting this referendum to choose a mayor, in an effort to get them standing a bit better on their own two feet, prospering and doing well, attracting and creating jobs in the new, global economy which affects every country.
Bristol is one of those cities – Bristol has got that chance.
Second, an elected mayor will mean a better deal for Bristol – the Prime Minister has promised a Mayoral cabinet in Westminster and Bristol's mayor will be at that table.
Third, a mayor's role will be to shout for Bristol nationally and internationally, making sure we get our fair share of jobs, business and trade competing with other cities. That should mean better services in Bristol too.
Fourth, a mayor will be accountable to Bristol City Council as well. There will be a council just as now, and a Cabinet of elected councillors. A two-thirds majority of councillors voting against a mayoral decision will stop it.
Fifth, a mayor will not be any more expensive than now. Research recently published by Warwick University say that a city mayor "ought to be cost neutral". The mayor's salary will be agreed by councillors, advised by an independent panel, just as the Leader of the Council's salary now is.
There is a difference – the mayor will be allowed to make some changes and also there may not be any more need for Bristol's Chief Executive – which costs around £200,000 a year. So the mayor could save us money.
But in any case, it's the mayor's role to help our city. To be an ambassador for Bristol far beyond its city boundaries, which will turn into jobs for Bristol, and more money – a better future.
I don't think any city is in a position to turn that down.



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BRISTOL WINS RIGHT TO SCRAP ELECTED MAYOR
By BRISTOL247, Wednesday Nov 18, 2015
https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/bristol-wins-right-t o-scrap-elected-mayor/

People in Bristol will now have the right to scrap the position of elected mayor thanks to the recent passing of a bill which will lift the restrictions on holding another referendum.
In an amendment to the Devolution Bill, tabled by former leader of Bristol City Council Barbara Janke, Bristol voters have regained their right to decide on the local system of governance thanks to majority agreements in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Three years ago Bristol was the only city to vote for a mayor model in a string of referendums held under the Localism Act, but by voting yes, the city also gave up its right to make future changes.
Baroness Janke said Bristol was “deceived” by the previous government, which reneged on promises of new powers to cities that chose to have an elected mayor.
Every other city and town in England already had the power to change its system of local governance, with Bristol being the only exception up until now.
A referendum is still restricted by a 10-year moratorium however, so the earliest the next one could be held is 2022 – 10 years from the city’s first mayoral referendum.
Current elected mayor George Ferguson said: “It’s on the record that I supported this move even though I know that Bristol has benefited hugely from having a directly elected Mayor.”
“However, I am very much in support of anything that strengthens the democratic process and feel that it is right that we can debate this issue again in the future.”

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