MP supports elected mayor principle

Andrea Jenkyns MP
Andrea Jenkyns MP

Leeds should adopt an elected mayor, Morley MP Andrea Jenkyns has suggested.

Ms Jenkyns who has become chair of a cross party group on local democracy since winning her seat in Parliament, made the remarks as she welcomed the new Cities and Local Government Bill.

Voters in Leeds rejected elected mayors in a 2012 referendum with 63 per cent opposing the idea. However, Conservative plans to devolve powers to local authorities rest heavily on whether individual councils bow to their wishes and embrace the principle.

Ms Jenkyns said: “It is an opportunity to attract the brightest and the best from industry to lead innovation and change, and it can make a real difference to our community, helping to restore the public’s trust in those who represent them.”

Ms Jenkyns also added that she wanted more control to be given to town and parish councils, such as Morley Town Council.

“I would like to see more emphasis placed on the work done by town and parish councils, and more of a role for them in devolution. Morley Town Council introduced free parking, which has been a major boost to the local high street.”