Random thoughts of a Birmingham-based political junkie and party hack, Labour member and activist. And a Councillor for the City of Birmingham, representing Acocks Green ward.
I'd be interested to hear where you heard this from, John. The lastest CLG plan, issued yesterday has the following listed as action 4.1: "Legislate through the Localism Bill for directly elected Mayors to enable the largest 12 cities in England to have Mayors from 2012, subject to confirmatory referenda..." This would seem to be pretty unequivocal.
Roger - it came from a LGC piece and I was surprised. I suspect that the journo got the wrong end of the stick about the confirmatory referenda and ssumed that it would be after the event.That would be a mighty brave step to take.
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