Need for elected mayor puts Cheshire devolution bid on hold
on June 8, 2016, posted in Cheshire & Warrington categories
The devolution offer for Cheshire and Warrington has been “put on hold” by its local authorities over concerns about the requirement for an elected mayor for the region. In the Commons Justin Madders MP (Lab, Ellesmere Port and Neston) opened a debate on the subject, expressing concern that “huge pressure” is being put on council leaders to agree to deals which don’t take the needs of the local region into account and impose a ‘one size fits all’ approach to devolution. Responding, the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, James Wharton said that the Government “cannot compel any area to have a metro mayor”. However, he asserted that where areas want “ambitious” devolution deals the Government will insist on an elected Mayor “because of the accountability, drive and mandate that comes with that position”.