Widespread opposition to idea of an elected mayor for Hampshire

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COUNCILLORS spoke out against any proposals for an elected Hampshire mayor to dictate how money should be spent in the county.

Portsmouth City Council is interested in linking up with other local authorities in order to secure more powers from government to stop ministers making decisions on their behalf.

The model already works in Greater Manchester, with the chancellor confirming a mayor would be appointed in that area to oversee spending on major projects.

But the city full council agreed that would be a bad idea in this region.

However, Tory leader Donna Jones refused to place on record her opposition to the mayor idea, as she wants to help the city get the best deal when she negotiates on its behalf with the government and be open-minded.

The Lib Dems also called for the council to consult the public over any plans for a combined authority.

Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs said any talk of a city-wide referendum was a ‘gimmick’ despite its appeal.