Somerset councils will not have elected mayors

Councils in Somerset have decided not to have a London-style elected mayor.

Tory run Sedgemoor District Council chose a leader and cabinet model after holding a public consultation on how it should be run. Five people voted.

Conservative controlled Mendip District and Taunton Deane Borough and Lib Dem run South Somerset District had all previously reached the same decision.

Councils were asked by the government to vote on a new style of executive management.

David Cameron had said holding someone accountable for "when they get it right or when they get it wrong" helped a place to grow.

Each of the councils will now have a cabinet comprising of a leader and between two and nine councillors.

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