The Committee welcomes all six of the new metro mayors and invites them to meet with us to discuss challenges facing the maintenance of ethical standards in local government.
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The Committee has written to the six ‘metro mayors’ elected in 2017 congratulating them on their election to office and introducing them to the Seven Principles of Public Life. Since the metro mayors will be taking up newly-created public offices, it is particularly important that they show leadership in embedding the principles within their Combined Authorities during their time in office.
The metro mayors have powers for strategic decision making across city regions with responsibility for more functions than under previous legislation. Building on our past reports on how these principles apply to Police and Crime Commissioners (2015) and in local government (2017), we have invited the mayors to meet with Dr Jane Martin CBE, a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, to discuss how the seven principles can become the cornerstone of their life as mayor.
Regrettably, not all metro mayors were able to accept the Committee’s previous invitation to attend a roundtable discussion in London in October 2017 to discuss the challenges facing the maintenance of ethical standards in local government.
The Committee hopes the mayors will accept this invitation, and plans to meet each of the six metro mayors in their regions over the course of the next year.
Published: 16 June 2017
Updated: 9 October 2017
- Updated to reflect that, regrettably, not all metro mayors were able to accept the Committee's invitation to attend a roundtable on ethical leadership in local government in October 2017.
- First published.