Greater Manchester is to get an elected mayor, George Osborne has announced as part of plans to devolve more power to the regions, but what could they learn from Mansfield’s experience as one of the very few places that already has a directly elected mayor?
There are only 16 directly-elected mayors in England, the most famous being London’s Boris Johnson.
In Mansfield, Tony Egginton was re-elected to the mayoral post in 2011 and local voters will decide who will replace him in May when his term ends and elections are held.
Regardless of who holds the post and which party they represent, do you think Mansfield still needs an elected mayor?
Does the position of mayor help get things done or is it a pointless layer of bureaucracy?
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