Far from being a positive example of decentralisation, Robin Hambleton argues that George Osborne’s proposals for ‘devo Manc’ are the latest example of ‘centralisation on steroids’.
You can read the argument in full on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog.
This week David joined Alex for the first of his Policy Unpacked podcasts. The discussion focused on elected mayors. You can listen to the discussion here.
We’ve appeared in various places around the blogosphere over recent months talking about mayors, local government and local democracy.
Here’s a round up of some of our activity. Continue reading
This site has been rather inactive since the publication of our Prospects report back in March. The members of the research team has nonetheless being thinking and writing about issues related to mayors and local government in a number of different forums and formats. Team members have also appeared in the media at various times.
We’ll start posting news of these various outputs here again.
First we’ll do a round up of recent outputs.
Posted in News
Our prospects report was launched on Friday at City Hall. Mayor Ferguson was present to offer his initial response to the findings.
The report can be downloaded from Our Publications page.
A brief news item in the Bristol Post, following on from the launch, can be found here.
The Prospects report is only the first part of our research. It found that many people in the city had high expectations of the move to Mayoral governance. One of our key aims is to follow up on the prospects study later in the year to see whether these expectations were borne out by experience.
The final report of our Prospects study will be published on Friday 22nd March. It will be launched at City Hall.
The report will be available to download from this site from Friday.
Posted in News, Research
After the second round of the count the result of the mayoral election was duly announced. The winner was the independent candidate, George Ferguson (37,353 votes). Marvin Rees for Labour finished 6,000 votes behind (on 31,259).
You can find more detail of the voting and links to videos of the declaration and acceptance speeches here.
A new era begins …
Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson arrives for his first morning at Bristol City Hall (via Bristol City Council)