Sunday 31 July 2011

Don't sign a petition for an elected Mayor in Fenland

There have been a few people posting on Twitter suggesting that the campaign for an elected Mayor is going to be resurrected in Fenland.   I am writing to urge you not to support this campaign.  A referendum will be kicked off following submission of a petition signed by 5% of the electorate of Fenland.   So, the first thing people will do is organise such a petition.  Please don't sign it.

Last time, the cost of the referendum equated to more than a 1% increase in Council Tax and it was rejected overwhelmingly (17,296 against, 5509 for).  There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the result would be any different (there is a good reason for that - an elected Mayor for Fenland makes absolutely no sense).

The people organising this petition seem to be people who were rejected by the electorate in the Fenland elections in May.  Apparently, they don't like the result and the fact that it gave the Conservatives the right to elect a Leader for Fenland - despite the fact that we have 34 out of 40 Councillors.  Don't let them waste your money on a campaign that makes little sense and has little chance of success.

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