Leicester mayor faces allegations from ousted chief executive

Sir Peter Soulsby

This could be an indication of what’s to come in cities like Birmingham: Leicester’s elected mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is embroiled in a dispute with his council chief executive.

Mayor Soulsby announced that the role of chief executive Sheila Lock would be abolished shortly after he was elected in May. According to the Leicester Mercury today, Ms Lock has put in a formal complaint that she has been unfairly treated by the Mayor.

The Mercury reports:

The criticisms included a complaint about the announcement of her proposed redundancy during a press conference in May.

Ms Lock said the announcement generated publicity about how much would be saved if her post was abolished – something from which other Read the rest of this entry »

The Leicester test case: what does an elected city mayor do?

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SO WHAT would an elected mayor in a major English city actually do?

Fortunately for mayoral advocates (if he’s a success), Leicester’s new elected mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is helping to answer that question and has just unveiled his 100-day policy plan for the city.

The Leicester Mercury’s report of the 100 pledges it contains, made at an open meeting of the city’s cabinet, is here, and you can download Soulsby’s complete 100-day programme here.

It’s an interesting mix of mainly populist measures to grab the local paper’s future headlines, with an emphasis on environmental concerns. Critics will probably highlight the relative paucity Read the rest of this entry »

Leicester’s new elected mayor flexes his political muscle

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Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester’s new elected mayor, has moved to quash calls from Labour councillors to turn the authority’s news sheet into a pro-Labour organ.

Hardly the biggest issue for the new mayor to get his teeth into, but interesting to see him taking a position to ensure party political neutrality.

Independence from their party’s central leadership, of course, is a hallmark of the mayoralties of both Boris and Ken in London, and as the first elected mayor of an English core city, Soulsby’s position relative to Miliband et al will be closely watched.

Full article here.

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Council leaders lukewarm on mayors, to say the least

The almost universal disdain for the government’s enthusiasm for elected mayors amongst those most directly effected is crisply summarised by INLOGOV’s visiting lecturer.

He writes:

“Of the current leaders of the ‘Big 12’ cities, 8 are Labour, 3 Liberal Democrat, and 1 Conservative. Their views and particular concerns vary, as does the intemperance of their language. But, apart from Leicester, who are bypassing the Bill’s procedures and electing their mayor this May, support for mayors even as political, let alone managerial, leaders of their authorities is pretty well zero.”

Read the whole post here: http://www.inlogov.bham.ac.uk/News/2011/03/elected-mayors.shtml

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