David Cameron has raised the prospect of Leeds and neighbouring areas being run by a Boris Johnson-style elected mayor.
Two years ago, Leeds voters rejected the idea of an elected mayor running the city,
But the Prime Minister insisted the offer this time would involve “more money on the table, more powers on the table” which could give them the authority and influence enjoyed by Boris Johnson in London.
And he raised the prospect of a single mayor running an area wider than a city, a move which could, for example, see a Leeds city region mayor with powers over swathes of West Yorkshire.
The Prime Minister told the YEP: “Obviously we wouldn’t be putting the same question all over again. What this is about is saying look there’s a real opportunity to build a northern powerhouse by linking up our greatest cities in the North of England.
“So we are talking about better transport links, talking about science and universities but also, yes, talking about governance because the evidence the world over is that where you give cities the chance to have the money, the powers and the leadership they can be economically transformational.
“So what we are talking about here is a conversation that says look if you’re interested what sort of additional resources, additional powers, would make it interesting for you to look at a mayoral model which might be a city mayoral model or it could be a so-called metro mayor where you’ve got a mayor covering a wider area including some of the surrounding authorities and towns.”
Mr Cameron was speaking during a visit to the Coca-Cola plant in Wakefield as the company announced a £13 million investment in a new production line.