Northern Powerhouse: Tony Lloyd to be appointed Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester
Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd will be officially appointed Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester this Friday, 26 June.
The appointment is the latest milestone in the devolution of powers from London to Greater Manchester.
The position paves the way for the directly-elected mayor who will be chosen by the people of Greater Manchester in 2017.
At that point new powers in relation to transport, housing and planning will be granted to the Mayor, working alongside the GMCA cabinet.
The position of Interim Mayor will be combined with the role as Police and Crime Commissioner and the roles will formally be combined in 2017 with the directly-elected mayor.
Tony has said that he will only take one salary while performing both roles.
Tony said: “For too long people in Greater Manchester have felt disengaged from politics and politicians.
“Politics is often seen as something that happens down in London with no relevance to us here.
“The devolution agenda changes all that.
“Real power is being repatriated from Whitehall to the streets of Greater Manchester. “That gives everyone a stake.
“As Mayor of Greater Manchester I also want you to know that I will be a loud and clear voice for you.
“Greater Manchester is blazing a trail that others across the country will follow.
“Working alongside the 10 local authority leaders, I will seize every opportunity to deliver the best possible deal for Greater Manchester.”
This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sophia Taha .