Friday, 04 September 2015

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MP to launch petition for elected mayor in Carlisle

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is to launch a petition next month calling for a referendum on whether the city should have an elected mayor.

John Stevenson photo
John Stevenson

Buoyed by the success of the Time for Change campaign in Whitehaven, which saw a 7,000 majority in support of an elected mayor this week, Mr Stevenson is pushing ahead with his own.

He said the result, which will see Copeland leader Elaine Woodburn and her five-strong executive replaced with an elected mayor in October, showed the strength of feeling and disillusionment with the current local government set up.

“It’s fantastic news that the people of Copeland want change,” he said. “I thought there was every possibility their campaign would be successful but I was surprised at how emphatic the victory was.”

Mr Stevenson said he intended to launch his own petition in Carlisle in June.

“This demonstrates people in Cumbria are ready for change,” he said.

“Carlisle would be a good place for an elected mayor. I think there is a current acceptance across Carlisle and Cumbria that the local government is not fit for purpose and there’s a need for change.”

The Conservative has long been an enthusiast for mayors elected by thepublic, rather than by councillors.