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Livingstone urges city mayor vote
London Mayor Ken Livingstone
Mayor Ken Livingstone supports the office of Stoke elected mayor
People in Stoke-on-Trent have been urged to vote to keep an elected mayor, by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Mr Livingstone told the BBC he believed people in the city should opt for the current elected mayor system in a referendum planned for next year.

Speaking while he was meeting Labour members, he said people should opt for the system even if they did not want current Labour Mayor, Mark Meredith.

Mr Livingstone said it was the last chance to vote on how the city is run.

"Even if you think Mark is the biggest waste of time, you have got a chance of getting a better mayor in the next election.

"Don't throw out the system because it will be the last chance you get to influence the way the city is run."

When he was elected Mr Meredith promised people in the city they would get a chance to vote in a referendum on whether his position should be kept or abolished.

The vote is being planned for next May.

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