Just a heads up that you are going to have to deal with two lots of paper at the ballot box, or you will have seen it with your postal vote. There is also a city mayor referendum- the choice you will be asked to make is whether you want to have a leader chosen by councillors, or in future a directly elected mayor- like they have chosen in Salford for example.
Now. We are not going to tell you what to choose or give you a picture of where to put your cross.
What you might like to think about is –
1 Can you name the mayor? Or the council leader? Do you think your mates could? And does it matter?
2 To attract investment and interest to Manchester we also have to put the strongest case for our city on the national and international scene. Will a directly elected head help us to do that?
3 Do you trust the councillors to come up with the right choice? Or do you want to make that choice yourself?
4 We will not be getting a new Boris or Ken as it will not be a Greater Manchester mayor. Would it be better to wait until that’s a possibility?
There is an opportunity to hear different sides of the argument and make up your own mind-
Mayor Debate- 29th April at St. Peter’s House at the University of Manchester starting at 18:30
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book or for info.