London’s current and former mayors offer important lessons on the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – the new metro mayors will face, argues Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities.
In May this year, new metro mayors will take office in some of England’s biggest cities, armed with the largest personal mandates in UK politics aside from Sadiq Khan’s. The new mayors will have powers over housing, transport and infrastructure in their city-region, and so it’s no surprise that high-profile candidates from Westminster and the business community have been drawn to the new roles, including former health secretary Andy Burnham and former John Lewis MD Andy Street.
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