‘Super Thursday’ on 15 November to see elections across England for more than 40 mayors and police commissioners
The government is to outline plans to hold elections for mayors in England on the same day in November as polls for more than 40 police commissioners.
An announcement will be made on Wednesday by Greg Clark, the communities minister.
Referendums on whether cities should have elections for mayors are being held in May on the same day as the local elections.
Holding more than 40 mayoral and police commissioner elections on the same day â€“ November 15 â€“ will reduce costs.
Initial indications suggest most cities will reject the idea of abandoning the current structure of local government in favour of mayors, but there are strong Yes votes expected in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool. Much depends on the attitude of the existing local government establishment in each city.
Referendums are also being held in Bradford, Colchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield. Debates are still underway about the precise powers of mayors.
Speaking in Birmingham, Clark will say the resulting mayoral elections will be held on a “Super Thursday” of 15 November â€“ the same date as polls for around 40 police commissioners.
“Elected mayors provide cities with the strong, visible leadership that can help them prosper nationally and internationally,” he will say.
“This is an opportunity for each city to transform itself for the better. The world’s great cities have mayors who lead for their city on the national and international stage, attracting investment and jobs. We believe that mayors can help English cities achieve their full potential too.
“This May, the people of our cities will have the chance to have their say. Now is the time to start weighing up what a mayor could do for your city.”
Labour is facing the possibility of at least three sitting MPs standing for mayor or police commissioner posts, raising the prospect of three by-elections at the end of this year. Alun Michael, Labour MP for Cardiff South, has already announced he would like to stand to be a police commissioner in south Wales, and Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston will seek the nomination for Labour mayoral candidate.
Mayoral and police commissioner elections to be held on same day