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Leading the LocalitiesExecutive Mayors in English Local Governance$
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Colin Copus

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071867

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071867.001.0001

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Elected mayors: a new style of English local politics?

Elected mayors: a new style of English local politics?

(p.121) 6 Elected mayors: a new style of English local politics?
Leading the Localities

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines, through three case studies, how the elected mayors have engaged with local political issues that have stimulated intense public interest and political activity. The Hartlepool ‘ghost ships’ saga is interesting because it arose in an area governed by an elected mayor and because it affected an area in which two elected mayors—Stuart Drummond and Ray Mallon—held conflicting positions on the issue. The Liberal Democrat mayor of Watford had originally opposed the introduction of an elected mayor to the borough and announced before her election (as mayor) that she wished to see it replaced. The case studies show that English mayors must navigate a complex set of interrelationships when governing and that they cannot rely on being able to make a decision at the end of such negotiation.

Keywords:   elected mayors, Hartlepool, ghost ships, Stuart Drummond, Ray Mallon, Watford, English mayors, local political issues

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