Devolution Bill amendment: post of Bristol’s elected mayor

Westminster Hall NHS debateCommenting on an amendment to the Cities and Devolution Bill, which could see Bristol voters given the right to remove the post of the city’s elected mayor, Karin Smyth MP said:

“This isn’t about whether you support the current mayor or would prefer a different person in that office, it’s about whether citizens of Bristol should be allowed a voice about the post itself.

“It’s about democracy, and the right of Bristol people to decide how they are governed seems to be a fundamental aspect of democracy.

“People living in other cities and towns up and down the country already have these rights and powers, so this change would give Bristol parity with the rest of England.”