The mayors for cities thing does not seem to fit that well with the whole agenda for a city region and a Local Enterprise Partnership.
We seem to have got it fixed in that the the Leeds City Region and the Local Enterprise Partnership are at least covering the same patch – even if that does mean stretching the definitions of ‘Local’ a little.
But where will the Mayors fit in?
I believe that Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield in the City Region have been invited to have referenda on whether or not they want mayors. If they vote YES will these mayors simply replace local authority representation on the Leeds City Region? And how will that help to develop a balanced City Region?
Perhaps the Leeds City Region will evolve into a super authority with a Super Mayor to go with it?