Mayor plan is key to Bradford jobs, says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned people in Bradford that failing to adopt the idea of electing a US-style mayor will see the city lose out on jobs and investment.

Mr Cameron yesterday appealed to voters in ten cities across the country, including Bradford, which are holding referendums on May 3 over the issue of a directly-elected mayor.

He warned that they needed to “join the race or fall behind” in attracting cash and added that a high-profile figure at the helm of major urban areas would help close the north-south divide.

Votes are due to be held next month in Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

Speaking in Bristol, Mr Cameron said they were all “in an out-and-out race for jobs, wealth and investment” with rivals across the globe as the West seeks to recover from the financial meltdown.

He said he wanted mayors to follow his lead of travelling the globe to seek out contracts. “Whenever I go on a major trip abroad I load up a plane with business people so we can bang the drum for trade. I want a whole load of powerful British mayors with the same attitude pressing their business cards into the hands of those who can bring wealth and work back home,” said Mr Cameron He went on: “If the CEO of some big Japanese manufacturer or Gulf investment fund wants to call Bristol or Leeds or Bradford, they need to know who to call.

“They don't want to speak to an anonymous official, they want to talk to the person with clout, who holds the purse strings, calls the shots and runs the city. And that person is the mayor.”

Promoting the election of mayors as a weapon to combat the north-south divide, he said: "There's been a yawning gap between north and south.

“Frankly nothing we do in Westminster – no policy we pass or investment we make – can compete with having one energetic champion on the ground, whose round-the-clock, unrelenting focus is on seeing their city succeed.

“So our dream is to have real heavyweight, influential figures in the north, the Midlands and the west, ones who can give their city a distinctive identity, who can fight their corner and who will help rebalance our country.”

But Councillor David Green, Labour-run Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, economy and sustainability, last night said the Prime Minister’s argument did not stack up.

“I know that in Bradford we have people fighting extremely hard for the district’s interests and we have 90 of us working with a clear direction of travel set by the largest group,” said Coun Green.

“The implication that having an elected mayor is the only way forward is disingenuous because that would depend on the who that individual is.”

Councillor Glen Miller, the Council’s Conservative group leader, said: “I think that we have been given a chance for residents of the district to make their choice known – either yes or no for a directly elected mayor.”

Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said: “What concerns me is that these statements made by the Prime Minister seem to be directly at odds with the policy direction that he’s set with the Local Enterprise Partnerships and that the powers that are on offer for the mayor are not sufficient to get a Bradford Boris Johnson.

“What we will end up with is the vast majority of policies being set regionally and the mayor just being a very expensive figure with a seat on the LEP board.”

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10:53am Tue 24 Apr 12

legallyblonde says...

The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.
The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there. legallyblonde
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10:58am Tue 24 Apr 12

Joedavid says...

legallyblonde wrote:
The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.
So we just do nothing to try to change things then?
[quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.[/p][/quote]So we just do nothing to try to change things then? Joedavid
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11:03am Tue 24 Apr 12

mad matt says...

Personally I don't believe a single word that Cameron says these days. Can we afford an elected mayor would be my question.
Personally I don't believe a single word that Cameron says these days. Can we afford an elected mayor would be my question. mad matt
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11:07am Tue 24 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down. Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:17am Tue 24 Apr 12

Avro says...

Considering his track record, Greenwood is hardly the best person to be making any recommendations!
Considering his track record, Greenwood is hardly the best person to be making any recommendations! Avro
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11:21am Tue 24 Apr 12

legallyblonde says...

Joedavid wrote:
legallyblonde wrote:
The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.
So we just do nothing to try to change things then?
It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.[/p][/quote]So we just do nothing to try to change things then?[/p][/quote]It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get. legallyblonde
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11:25am Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-) Albion.
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11:27am Tue 24 Apr 12

jonathancrewdson says...

I think an elected mayor would be a good move for Bradford simply because it would be a high profile office and it is likely to attract a confident and visionary figure, hopefully not a politician. Elsewhere in most places that have adopted elected mayors there have been some real improvements to how services are run because they tend to be far more dynamic people and in touch with the main things that really matter to people rather than negotiating through political groups on the Council.

If we choose to go down this route then in the end it'll all be based on who we get as mayor as to how well it works but I certainly have very little confidence in the Council as it stands. They've not exactly got a great track record when it comes to city centre regeneration, education or pretty much anything else.
I think an elected mayor would be a good move for Bradford simply because it would be a high profile office and it is likely to attract a confident and visionary figure, hopefully not a politician. Elsewhere in most places that have adopted elected mayors there have been some real improvements to how services are run because they tend to be far more dynamic people and in touch with the main things that really matter to people rather than negotiating through political groups on the Council. If we choose to go down this route then in the end it'll all be based on who we get as mayor as to how well it works but I certainly have very little confidence in the Council as it stands. They've not exactly got a great track record when it comes to city centre regeneration, education or pretty much anything else. jonathancrewdson
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11:31am Tue 24 Apr 12

johnhem says...

is clint eastwood doing anything? rather dirty harry than what we have in place on the council.
is clint eastwood doing anything? rather dirty harry than what we have in place on the council. johnhem
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12:06pm Tue 24 Apr 12

scottie dog says...

Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.
Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum. scottie dog
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12:16pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people. Prisoner Cell Block A
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12:17pm Tue 24 Apr 12

lesbrook says...

Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy."
Not to mention... " Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."
Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy." Not to mention... "[The previous mayor] Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials." lesbrook
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12:19pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
I WAS joking!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]I WAS joking! Albion.
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12:20pm Tue 24 Apr 12

jam1966 says...

So yet another layer of bureaucracy. Is there a conflict of interest in here somewhere as the politician practicing the oversight of the system is also the one running the system. Then we get the American system of the new incumbent dragging in their political allies to key posts due to affiliation rather than ability. No doubt others could also be holding their breath in anticipation of the American style of lobby politics with all the corruption that brings. So a few dozen politicos could do very well out of this indeed however what some grinning manque z list celebrity is going to do about the systemic problems in this city is anyone's guess. First a clown's pocket as an MP now yet another reality show contestant for you delectation. Whoooo can't wait for the headlines " Bradford Mayor eats creepy crawlies in 'I want to be a celebrity get me in here', in hopes of gaining food or employment for residents"
So yet another layer of bureaucracy. Is there a conflict of interest in here somewhere as the politician practicing the oversight of the system is also the one running the system. Then we get the American system of the new incumbent dragging in their political allies to key posts due to affiliation rather than ability. No doubt others could also be holding their breath in anticipation of the American style of lobby politics with all the corruption that brings. So a few dozen politicos could do very well out of this indeed however what some grinning manque z list celebrity is going to do about the systemic problems in this city is anyone's guess. First a clown's pocket as an MP now yet another reality show contestant for you delectation. Whoooo can't wait for the headlines " Bradford Mayor eats creepy crawlies in 'I want to be a celebrity get me in here', in hopes of gaining food or employment for residents" jam1966
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12:27pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Pity poor Bfd! says...

What would Mr Cameron suggest we do if we don't trust the competency of any of the members of our Council who would, one presumes, be those put forward for election?
What would Mr Cameron suggest we do if we don't trust the competency of any of the members of our Council who would, one presumes, be those put forward for election? Pity poor Bfd!
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12:55pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
I WAS joking!
Ditto....

Why is someone likening the US mayoral system to ours, neither country run their politics along the same lines, well aprt from the rich stealing fro mthe poor and their efforts.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]I WAS joking![/p][/quote]Ditto.... Why is someone likening the US mayoral system to ours, neither country run their politics along the same lines, well aprt from the rich stealing fro mthe poor and their efforts. Prisoner Cell Block A
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12:55pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Joedavid says...

legallyblonde wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
legallyblonde wrote:
The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.
So we just do nothing to try to change things then?
It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get.
We got 4 but no GG man or woman.
PS. Do Respect have women candidates?
[quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.[/p][/quote]So we just do nothing to try to change things then?[/p][/quote]It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get.[/p][/quote]We got 4 but no GG man or woman. PS. Do Respect have women candidates? Joedavid
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12:58pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Joedavid says...

scottie dog wrote:
Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.
I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.
[quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.[/p][/quote]I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views. Joedavid
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1:01pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
I WAS joking!
Ditto....

Why is someone likening the US mayoral system to ours, neither country run their politics along the same lines, well aprt from the rich stealing fro mthe poor and their efforts.
Desperation?
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]I WAS joking![/p][/quote]Ditto.... Why is someone likening the US mayoral system to ours, neither country run their politics along the same lines, well aprt from the rich stealing fro mthe poor and their efforts.[/p][/quote]Desperation? Albion.
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1:05pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
legallyblonde wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
legallyblonde wrote:
The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.
So we just do nothing to try to change things then?
It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get.
We got 4 but no GG man or woman.
PS. Do Respect have women candidates?
They are only standing in 12 seats, one of their aficionado's reckons they entered them all but the applications were too late.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]legallyblonde[/bold] wrote: The man is mad - whether we have an elected mayor or a monkey Bradford is finished, has he actually been to Bradford and seen the state of the place - no one will invest here, it is an experiment gone wrong, and now we have Galloway so what hope is there.[/p][/quote]So we just do nothing to try to change things then?[/p][/quote]It will cost a fortune and make no difference, just had my postal vote I though GG was having a candidate in the locals - already he has fallen down as the only choice is the big 3. Of course we should change things, but being forced to go for an elected mayor is not the way to do it, it will be costly and what choice will we actually get.[/p][/quote]We got 4 but no GG man or woman. PS. Do Respect have women candidates?[/p][/quote]They are only standing in 12 seats, one of their aficionado's reckons they entered them all but the applications were too late. Albion.
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1:18pm Tue 24 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
The BNP ? Who ?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]The BNP ? Who ? a reasonable sort of chap
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1:19pm Tue 24 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
The Greens are the only ones left to vote for.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]The Greens are the only ones left to vote for. a reasonable sort of chap
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1:22pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
The Greens are the only ones left to vote for.
Ban it or make it compulsory being their motto.
[quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]The Greens are the only ones left to vote for.[/p][/quote]Ban it or make it compulsory being their motto. Albion.
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1:27pm Tue 24 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Albion. wrote:
a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)
I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.
The Greens are the only ones left to vote for.
Ban it or make it compulsory being their motto.
And mine too.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]Please! Not a return to Brown and Co! How about a Lib- BNP- Green alliance They couldn't fall out more than either of the last lot could they? ;-)[/p][/quote]I think the BNP are fracturing and are now becoming the British Freedom Party, amongst other things. So they can't even agree to be hateful amongst each other, doubt they'll get along with green people.[/p][/quote]The Greens are the only ones left to vote for.[/p][/quote]Ban it or make it compulsory being their motto.[/p][/quote]And mine too. a reasonable sort of chap
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1:29pm Tue 24 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK.
Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK. a reasonable sort of chap
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1:34pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK.
I think by the look of things that it's about time you committed yourself again (you'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats);-)
[quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK.[/p][/quote]I think by the look of things that it's about time you committed yourself again (you'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats);-) Albion.
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1:47pm Tue 24 Apr 12

I'm NOT Kirklees! says...

a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK.
Can't do the the council have **** up putting the canal back....
[quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: Legalize Cannabis and make Bradford the Amsterdam of the UK.[/p][/quote]Can't do the the council have **** up putting the canal back.... I'm NOT Kirklees!
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2:09pm Tue 24 Apr 12

scottie dog says...

Joedavid wrote:
scottie dog wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.
I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.
As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.[/p][/quote]I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.[/p][/quote]As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do. scottie dog
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2:24pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Albion. says...

scottie dog wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
scottie dog wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.
I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.
As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do.
Too late! I've already voted (just the once :-)).
[quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.[/p][/quote]I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.[/p][/quote]As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do.[/p][/quote]Too late! I've already voted (just the once :-)). Albion.
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3:21pm Tue 24 Apr 12

jonathancrewdson says...

For anybody who is interested in reading up about this before making a decision about voting, this link could be useful:

http://www.nlgn.org.
uk/public/2010/new-m
odel-mayors-democray
-devolution-and-dire
ction/
For anybody who is interested in reading up about this before making a decision about voting, this link could be useful: http://www.nlgn.org. uk/public/2010/new-m odel-mayors-democray -devolution-and-dire ction/ jonathancrewdson
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3:24pm Tue 24 Apr 12

scottie dog says...

Albion. wrote:
scottie dog wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
scottie dog wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.
I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.
As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do.
Too late! I've already voted (just the once :-)).
Are you sure it's just the once? after all we can't have ballot box stuffing or can we?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scottie dog[/bold] wrote: Doncaster are having a referendum on whether to keep an elected mayor, the reports I have read on elected mayors is unconvincing, but then again the information I have received from the candidates in the local elections re this important vote is practically nil perhaps it's a case of ignore it & it might go away. Iwould be interested to know if anybody has had any information re this referendum.[/p][/quote]I was told Doncasters elected Mayor was doing a good job, but of course different people can have different views.[/p][/quote]As I said very much a mixed bag of reports at best a fifty fifty split either way.I think more information is required on exactly the powers he /she would have ie are there any restraints on what they can or can't do.[/p][/quote]Too late! I've already voted (just the once :-)).[/p][/quote]Are you sure it's just the once? after all we can't have ballot box stuffing or can we? scottie dog
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3:36pm Tue 24 Apr 12

scottie dog says...

jonathancrewdson wrote:
For anybody who is interested in reading up about this before making a decision about voting, this link could be useful: http://www.nlgn.org. uk/public/2010/new-m odel-mayors-democray -devolution-and-dire ction/
Thanks for the info will have a look before voting.
[quote][p][bold]jonathancrewdson[/bold] wrote: For anybody who is interested in reading up about this before making a decision about voting, this link could be useful: http://www.nlgn.org. uk/public/2010/new-m odel-mayors-democray -devolution-and-dire ction/[/p][/quote]Thanks for the info will have a look before voting. scottie dog
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4:16pm Tue 24 Apr 12

RikG01 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
THIS^^

The problem we face is, who do we chose instead. We ended up with the blasetd tories because votes were split mostly between labour and Lib Dem.

The Tories will ruin us all for their own profit, as they always have. Labour utterly failed to correct the damage that the Tories did, and the bloody Lib Dems betrayed everyone, especially their usual voters, by putting the fascist Tories in.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]THIS^^ The problem we face is, who do we chose instead. We ended up with the blasetd tories because votes were split mostly between labour and Lib Dem. The Tories will ruin us all for their own profit, as they always have. Labour utterly failed to correct the damage that the Tories did, and the bloody Lib Dems betrayed everyone, especially their usual voters, by putting the fascist Tories in. RikG01
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4:36pm Tue 24 Apr 12

mad matt says...

RikG01 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.
THIS^^

The problem we face is, who do we chose instead. We ended up with the blasetd tories because votes were split mostly between labour and Lib Dem.

The Tories will ruin us all for their own profit, as they always have. Labour utterly failed to correct the damage that the Tories did, and the bloody Lib Dems betrayed everyone, especially their usual voters, by putting the fascist Tories in.
My own sentiments ENTIRELY !

We got promise after promise about putting things right and what happened? They're making a right mess of everything they touch!
[quote][p][bold]RikG01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like a threat to me...go with it or lose out. I can tell you now Dave, make the most of it lad because you and your twisted cronies are out at the next general election, so enjoy your bullying and tormenting now but remember he who laughs last....when you're swinging from a tree on Hampstead Heath we won't cut you down.[/p][/quote]THIS^^ The problem we face is, who do we chose instead. We ended up with the blasetd tories because votes were split mostly between labour and Lib Dem. The Tories will ruin us all for their own profit, as they always have. Labour utterly failed to correct the damage that the Tories did, and the bloody Lib Dems betrayed everyone, especially their usual voters, by putting the fascist Tories in.[/p][/quote]My own sentiments ENTIRELY ! We got promise after promise about putting things right and what happened? They're making a right mess of everything they touch! mad matt
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4:43pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

And there is the dichotomy of the entire country Rik, just exactly who do we vote for?

No outstanding party, no outstanding candidates, just a succession of same old same old.
And there is the dichotomy of the entire country Rik, just exactly who do we vote for? No outstanding party, no outstanding candidates, just a succession of same old same old. Prisoner Cell Block A
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7:11pm Tue 24 Apr 12

sorrow&anger says...

lesbrook wrote:
Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy."
Not to mention... " Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."
Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.
[quote][p][bold]lesbrook[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy." Not to mention... "[The previous mayor] Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."[/p][/quote]Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor. sorrow&anger
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7:11pm Tue 24 Apr 12

sorrow&anger says...

lesbrook wrote:
Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy."
Not to mention... " Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."
Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.
[quote][p][bold]lesbrook[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy." Not to mention... "[The previous mayor] Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."[/p][/quote]Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor. sorrow&anger
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9:11pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Steve30d says...

OK This has now probably settled it for me. The previous MP for my constituency seemed to always be abroad etc, rather than actually representing the people.
OK This has now probably settled it for me. The previous MP for my constituency seemed to always be abroad etc, rather than actually representing the people. Steve30d
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9:41pm Tue 24 Apr 12

flogem says...

Eric Pickles for Mayor
Eric Pickles for Mayor flogem
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12:04pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
lesbrook wrote:
Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy."
Not to mention... " Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."
Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.
May as well compare modern day Bradford to India under the Raj. Not comparable in any way.

Think again.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lesbrook[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy." Not to mention... "[The previous mayor] Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."[/p][/quote]Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.[/p][/quote]May as well compare modern day Bradford to India under the Raj. Not comparable in any way. Think again. Prisoner Cell Block A
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12:14pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Albion. says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
lesbrook wrote:
Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy."
Not to mention... " Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."
Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.
May as well compare modern day Bradford to India under the Raj. Not comparable in any way.

Think again.
India AFTER the Raj maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lesbrook[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not mad, but certainly talking nonsense. Maybe the PM could explain how an elected mayor has helped the wasteland that is now Detroit keep jobs? In December last: "The mayor of Detroit has signed a $330,000 contract with a team of Washington lobbyists as he tries to save the city from bankruptcy." Not to mention... "[The previous mayor] Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation,[4] and served time at the Federal Correctional Institution, Milan. He is also under a 38-charge felony indictment on additional corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials."[/p][/quote]Lesbrook is right to compare Bradford with Detroit. Bradford is a doughnut with the Developers sticky fingers on the periphery. Unless Greenwood and his yes men in Regeneration throw their present policies into reverse and start doing something about City Centre dereliction then Bradford has had it, Mayor or no Mayor.[/p][/quote]May as well compare modern day Bradford to India under the Raj. Not comparable in any way. Think again.[/p][/quote]India AFTER the Raj maybe. Albion.
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1:56pm Wed 25 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

flogem wrote:
Eric Pickles for Mayor
LOLOLOL

My cat would stand more chance of winning.
[quote][p][bold]flogem[/bold] wrote: Eric Pickles for Mayor[/p][/quote]LOLOLOL My cat would stand more chance of winning. a reasonable sort of chap
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2:01pm Wed 25 Apr 12

a reasonable sort of chap says...

Although I don't like Galloway as an MP/politician, I think he might have made a good Mayor of Bradford, as he is of the right calibre for that sort of role, you need someone a bit eccentric and off-the-wall, like Boris Johnson or Red Ken were.

Shame, now we will get some non-descript faceless businessman type.
Although I don't like Galloway as an MP/politician, I think he might have made a good Mayor of Bradford, as he is of the right calibre for that sort of role, you need someone a bit eccentric and off-the-wall, like Boris Johnson or Red Ken were. Shame, now we will get some non-descript faceless businessman type. a reasonable sort of chap
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2:24pm Wed 25 Apr 12

flogem says...

a reasonable sort of chap wrote:
flogem wrote: Eric Pickles for Mayor
LOLOLOL My cat would stand more chance of winning.
your cats sounds purrfect for the job.
[quote][p][bold]a reasonable sort of chap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flogem[/bold] wrote: Eric Pickles for Mayor[/p][/quote]LOLOLOL My cat would stand more chance of winning.[/p][/quote]your cats sounds purrfect for the job. flogem
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5:36am Thu 26 Apr 12

Uther Pendragon says...

Works in France!
Only a fool would do the same things over and over again and expect a different result. Can`t possibly be any worse than the muppets in charge of City Hall at the moment. Self serving with no track record in "anything" other than their own gain.
Works in France! Only a fool would do the same things over and over again and expect a different result. Can`t possibly be any worse than the muppets in charge of City Hall at the moment. Self serving with no track record in "anything" other than their own gain. Uther Pendragon
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9:59am Thu 26 Apr 12

allinittogether says...

I'm afraid if Cameron's for it instinctively I'm agin it.

Of the cities that have elected mayors now how are they doing?

Doncaster is hardly a thrusting economic powerhouse driving forward with innovative civic initiatives is it? And as has been noted they're looking to switch back so where is they evidence it will be an improvement?
I'm afraid if Cameron's for it instinctively I'm agin it. Of the cities that have elected mayors now how are they doing? Doncaster is hardly a thrusting economic powerhouse driving forward with innovative civic initiatives is it? And as has been noted they're looking to switch back so where is they evidence it will be an improvement? allinittogether
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