This chapter considers the powers, responsibilities and activities of English mayors against the expectation. It also addresses the development of the office of elected mayor in England and some options for how that development might occur. The directly elected mayors have expressed their frustrations with the configuration of political power within their councils. It is noted that holding local executive political office is not the sole property of the political party. Mayoral power and responsibility rest currently on the type of council the mayor inhabits: district, county, unitary or London borough. As usual in English politics, greater power has to be earned, not granted as a right, and elected mayors must prove a case for more power, for both their office and their council. The English mayor requires a different legislative framework, a different political and institutional set of arrangements, and considerably more political and governing power.
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