ELECTED mayors are a great idea but it should be up to the people of Bristol if they want one, according to the Prime Minister.
David Cameron said great cities needed great leaders, but stressed a referendum in 2012 would have the final say.
Mr Cameron told the Post: “I’m a fan of elected mayors. Great cities need great leaders who can get things done.
“There will be someone to praise when things go right and someone to blame when things go wrong.
“Combined with the Local Enterprise Zone and the Local Enterprise Partnership, I think that’s an exciting opportunity for Bristol.
“At the end of the day though it must be for the people of Bristol to decide so we will have these referendums.”
Government plans for elected mayors have changed on a regular basis since the coalition was elected last year.
The latest development is that even if residents vote for a Boris Johnson style leader the new mayor of Bristol would not have the same powers.
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