Mayor 'will give Bristol edge over other cities'
BRISTOL will have an edge over other cities by having an elected mayor, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said during a trip to Fishponds.
Mr Pickles, who would effectively be the elected mayor's line manager in the Government, said: "When you have got a mayor, you can get a deal done.
"A mayor will mean getting decisions quickly and you have got someone who is accountable."
Bristol was the only city in May which voted in favour of an elected mayor in a citywide referendum.
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There are currently 16 elected mayors in towns, cities and boroughs throughout the country.
Mr Pickles, who was campaigning in Fishponds in support of Tory candidate Geoff Gollop and police commissioner candidate Ken Maddock said he had seen in other parts of Britain where a mayor had been elected that "things get done".
He said a mayor changes the dynamics of local government.
He said: "My advice to the elected mayor is to speak on behalf of one of the greatest cities in the world because there are parts of the world which have not heard of Bristol. It's got a great reputation for delivering enterprise and for delivering quality products – the elected mayor will have to eat, drink and sleep Bristol."
Mr Pickles said an elected mayor would open the door between the Government and Bristol.
"Once they have been elected, they will have authority and we will want to talk to them," he said.
He said when there is civic leadership such as in Greater Manchester, then it was much easier to negotiate deals on major projects.
Elections for a mayor and police commissioner will be held on Thursday, November 15.
The results will be announced on the following day.
There are currently 13 candidates who have said they will stand for elected mayor.
Five candidates are fighting to become police commissioner.