Metro Mayor communitarianism starts tomorrow morning

On 4th May 2017, seven so-called City Regions will each be electing a Metro Mayor, as outlined in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act which is a deliberately non-prescriptive and enabling piece of legislation, that allows for the devolution of almost anything – housing, health, welfare, policing, skills, transport, and more – to a local level.

The following Regions/Cities are each getting a Metro Mayor:

Cambridge Shire & Peterborough: Constituent: Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Greater Manchester: Constituent: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Liverpool City Region: Constituent: Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and Halton. Non constituent: Warrington, West Lancashire.

Sheffield City Region – In January 2017 it was suggested that the Sheffield City Region will now be electing a mayor in 2018.

Constituent: Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield. Non-constituent: Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales.

Sheffield City Region – In January 2017 it was suggested that the Sheffield City Region will now be electing a mayor in 2018. Constituent: Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield. Non-constituent: Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales.

Tees Valley: Constituent: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees.

West Midlands: Constituent: Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall. Non-constituent: Cannock Chase, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Redditch, Tamworth, Telford and Wrekin.

West of England: Constituent: Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire.

Devolution deals have been proposed in other regions and city regions with negotiations ongoing.

Ken Craggs.

5 comments for “Metro Mayor communitarianism starts tomorrow morning

  1. The Jannie
    May 4, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Devolution? Ah, you mean yet another layer of what’s laughingly called “government” for us to fund.

    • May 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Yes indeed.

    • Radical Rodent
      May 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      “…yet another well-paid (by the tax-payer) layer…”

      There. Fixed it for you.

  2. Errol
    May 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Until councils have a ‘none of the above, abolition the post’ option, there is no point voting.

    I remember speaking to a councillor once. They thought it awful that ‘they’ the tax payer I assume – wanted to get rid of a third of them.

    I shot back: ‘yes, it’s terrible. It should be all of you.’

  3. May 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This thing is a backdoor test case for Europe and then more widely – at the same time Brexit is supposedly happening. They never stop, these muvvers.

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