Tory leader David Cameron has said, in an interview for BBC Radio Manchester, that if he becomes Prime Minister he would ensure a referendum was held in Manchester on whether the city should have an elected mayor.

Cameron added that he hope there be a Yes vote:

"Then you've got one person who you praise if they get it right and blame if they get it wrong.

"You can vote them in if they do a good job and give them the sack if they do a bad job. I think that sort of accountability helps to build great cities."

A consultation exercise held by Manchester City Council on the issue cost £40,000 and found two thirds support for the status quo. But it really means nothing very much as of the 200,000 proposals sent out the Council got just 3,000 replies. What a ludicrous waste of money these consultation exercises are.

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