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Scrap theMayor

We the undersigned call upon Bristol City Council to run a campaign to 'Scrap the Mayor' and give power back to the people. Legislation allows the Council to lay (as soon as is legally possibly on May 5th 2022 which is 10 years and 2 days after the referendum on May 3rd 2012 for the DE Mayoral structure), a petition statement to the Bristol electorate worded as follows: “We, the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Bristol, to whom this petition is addressed, seek a referendum on whether the council should be run in a different way by *(a mayor who is elected by voters for the area which the council serves) or **(a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors) or ***(one or more committees made up of elected councillors).”

The full list of all three options needs to be discussed and debated at Full Council and then presented in the petition to preserve the rights of Bristolians to choose the most appropriate governance model for themselves.

The Cities and Devolution Bill provided Baroness Janke with the opportunity to amend the Localism Act 2011 removing a clause, which referred to referendums for Directly Elected (DM) Mayors. The clause was to the effect that where a referendum for an elected Mayor, was supported by the electorate, the new system of government remained in perpetuity. However, the fact that the only city to support a DE Mayor in 2012 was Bristol, (which the Govt had not anticipated) and that made Bristol unique. That unique position persuaded then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark to agree to remove the clause, so that Bristol should have the same rights as other cities with regards to removal of the role of elected mayors.

The relevant information is found within Regulation 10 (2) of the The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011 The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011


The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011
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Started by: Mary Page (Bristol Liberal Democrats)

This ePetition ran from 19/09/2019 to 01/05/2022 and has now finished.

271 people signed this ePetition.