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Heseltine Suggests Souped-Up Mayoral Roles

Magazine article Public Finance

Heseltine Suggests Souped-Up Mayoral Roles

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Former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has called for councils in the major cities to be run by one person, combining the role of political leader and chief executive.

Heseltine, head of the Cities Task Force set up under the aegis of the Tories' current policy review, said cities should be run by wellpaid, directly elected 'great leaders'. This would transform local accountability, he said, and attract top-calibre people to the role of running urban councils.

The former environment secretary questioned why chief executives, enjoying a tenure far removed from public accountability', should be paid up to £200,000 a year, when political leaders receive far less.

'I believe that the time has come to combine these two jobs. I believe great cities should elect great leaders and hold them to account,' he told delegates on April 7. …

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