Councillors in Manchester have backed moves to give Greater Manchester a new figurehead, as part of the first step to having its own directly-elected mayor. The plan would involve appointing a new leader to a “super-council” in the hope the Government will then hand over a package of new powers and finance. Lord Peter Smith, the leader of Wigan Council and the current chair of the Greater Manchester combined authority, is understood to be the frontrunner for the interim post.
The Manchester Evening News carried this story recently.
No surprise that Lord Peter Smith he is the front runner to be the leader over in Greater Manchester. I have seen him at work and respect his approach to local governance. He must be the major reason why Greater Manchester has been so successful in getting Governments to part with so much cash especially in the transportation area.
BUT hey don’t go a spoil it all by having a Metropolitan Mayor for Greater Manchester; that will be a bad move. Yes, Lord Smith could easily slip into such a post but think about who comes after him and don’t put too much power in one person’s hands!