Our Labour Party motion on the Newham Governance referendum can be found here – please feel free to download it and adapt for local political debate in Labour Party branches and affiliated organisations.
Article in Tribune magazine by Olivia Blake (now MP for Sheffield Hallam) about the campaign for a committee structure in Sheffield:
Labour councils should be innovative, pioneering new democratic processes with greater citizen participation and deliberation. And we need to start now. The people are ready for change, and we should listen.
Article from 2006 “Directly elected mayors are not an effective model for England” by Lib Dem councillor Richard Kemp.
I oppose (elected) mayors as a matter of principle and because we can already see that they are having no discernible impact on the areas they lead.
Guidance and information
“Is the committee system right for your council?” Explanation of the different governance forms on the Local Government Association website.
It’s Our City! Website for the campaign in Sheffield to move to a committee structure.