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Cameron's mayor referendum call

David Cameron
David Cameron said he was for elected mayors for large cities

Conservative leader David Cameron said he would hold a referendum on whether Manchester should have an elected mayor, if his party gets into power.

He made the comments despite a recent consultation by Manchester City Council revealing two thirds of people in the city were against an elected mayor.

The proposals were sent to 200,000 households but the council received just over 3,000 replies.

Mr Cameron said there should be more power for people running the city.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, ahead of his party's conference in the city, he said he was in favour of elected city mayors.

"Then you've got one person who you praise if they get it right and blame if they get it wrong.

"You can vote them in if they do a good job and give them the sack if they do a bad job. I think that sort of accountability helps to build great cities."

The council study, which cost about £40,000, found the majority of those who responded wanted the current leader and cabinet system to continue.

New government legislation requires all local authorities to consult voters on whether they want their own mayor.

The final decision on whether Manchester will have a mayor will be made by local councillors in December.

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