A Very Powerful Politician? (the First Year Of The Bristol Mayor)

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A key plank of David Cameron's localism agenda was the opportunity for England's 10 largest cities to introduce elected mayors following the success of the London mayor. Only Bristol voted for one.

One year on from the election, Giles Dilnot finds out how new mayor George Ferguson is faring. What do Bristolians make of him with his trademark red trousers? We'll hear George Ferguson's assessment of his first year in office, speak to his supporters and opponents, and ask what difference, if any, has he made to the city's fortunes. And Giles meets Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cities, to find out if the fortunes of the city mayor could be revived around the country.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

A key plank of David Cameron's localism agenda was the opportunity for England's 10 largest cities to introduce American-style elected mayors.

But only Bristol embraced the idea, and even then with a very low turnout.

Giles Dilnot finds out how the independent incumbent, George Ferguson, is faring. What, Giles asks, do Bristolians make of their mayor, clad in his trademark red trousers? We'll hear George Ferguson's assessment of his first year in office, speak to his supporters and opponents, and ask what difference, if any, has he made to the city's fortunes?

Meanwhile, those cities such as Manchester and Sheffield that repudiated the idea of elected mayors, are they, Giles Dilnot asks, losing out from not having an elected mayor?