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Do people care about Elected Mayors

The link is to the story about Tower Hamlets.

The turnout was 25.6%.

I am not quite sure of exactly why people want elected mayors. There is a claim that it creates "accountable" local government. I don't see this myself.

There is also an argument that it encourages higher turnouts. Well the evidence from Tower Hamlets does not substantiate that.


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