No more devo mayors?

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The Times has reported that the Prime Minister, Theresa May could abandon the creation of more elected mayor positions for city regions and combined authorities as part of devolution deals, a policy championed by the previous Chancellor, George Osborne. The paper speculated that Theresa May is “nervous” that the policy of directly elected mayors will create a “platform” for “moderate” Labour politicians such as Andy Burnham, Labour’s mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester. However, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister told the MJ that the Government’s position on ‘city devolution’ has not changed, and it will “continue to work closely with local areas and remain open to discussion on any devolution proposals that include strong, accountable governance and clear accountability”, including directly elected mayors.

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