Elected mayor? Paul Jones is the Manfred Mann for the job

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London’s mayoral elections next month have sparked debate about how to run English cities.

Evidence suggests that directly-elected mayors become twice as well-known to the public as leaders voted in by councillors.

Apparently this extra profile gives the mayor increased power to create positive change.

England has 16 cities run by directly-elected mayors, but Portsmouth isn’t yet one of them.

If things change, I wonder which famous son or daughter of Pompey might become our Red Ken?

Ex-athlete Roger Black could wield political muscle and star swimmer Katy Sexton might make a splash.

But for me Radio 2 DJ and singer Paul Jones is the Manfred Mann for the job.