Leicester elected mayor plan is approved


Plans to give Leicester a directly elected mayor have been approved.

The Labour-controlled council backed the idea despite opposition from other parties and criticism of the consultation process.

Of the 774 responses to the online consultation, 357 backed the mayor option, with 344 against and the rest giving no opinion or an alternative.

The election is expected take place in May and any councillor taking the post will have to resign his seat.

The mayor will be responsible for all decisions about council services for a four-year period and would personally select up to nine councillors as a supporting cabinet.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors had called for a referendum which the Labour group rejected on grounds of cost.

Leader of the city council, Vijay Patel, said an elected mayor was a good option.

"It just gives the public someone who they can feel is accountable.

"It gives them stability in terms of the four-year term and the whole decision making process is quicker."

Mr Patel said he had not decided whether to stand.

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