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End of the experiment?

WHEN North Tyneside opted to bring in an executive mayor in 2001 it was expected to be among the first of many councils to do so.

That didn't happen. A few councils up and down the country did so, but the rest stayed with their existing systems.

Since that time some of the councils that did choose to have an elected mayor - such as Middlesbrough and Hartlepool - have changed their minds.

Both Labour and Conservative governments have been keen to promote the concept of elected mayors - much keener, it must be said, than those on the ground.

With a new generation of regional elected mayors now being launched, including one covering the whole of the North East, it would seem the right time to bring the North Tyneside experiment to an end.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion; Leading articles
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 23, 2016
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