Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has today (4th May 2012) welcomed the public’s decision to reject David Cameron’s “cabinet of mayors” in yesterday’s elections.
Voters turned up in cities like Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham and Coventry to send a message to Cameron that they do not want a ‘Boris in their city’.
“Frankly, Cameron’s cabinet of mayors experiment has failed. The results show that communities want local, identifiable councillors dealing with issues that matter to them and not Boris-style mayors who only want the prestige and publicity such a position provides.
“I welcome the results so far. It’s a clear statement from voters that they do not want an additional unnecessary and expensive layer of bureaucracy, which will have no benefit on their day-to-day lives.
“David Cameron now needs to re-think his priorities in other areas too. For example, the introduction of costly Police Commissioners is another folly that nobody wants – especially when frontline services are facing massive cuts and the crime rates are going up.”