07What do the new metro mayors mean for local MPs?
Formally the role of a local MP is unaffected. They will still represent their constituency in parliament and in parliamentary debates. Informally, given their electoral mandate, mayors will also be able to lobby national politicians on policy matters that relate to their area – a role that both previous London mayors were effective in during their terms in office. The relationship between Parliament and the new metro mayors, and individual MPs and those mayors, will evolve over time.