Political journalists, would-be mayor candidates and commentators have reacted following the news Birmingham voters decided against a directly elected mayor.
Neil Elkes, a political journalist with Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post tweeted, ‘Ladywood (Jewellery Quarter) and Edgbaston only two of Birmingham’s 40 wards to back a mayor‘.
Desmond Jaddoo said, “I will [continue to] fight for the people of the City, we have real issues like gang culture, gun crime along with deprivation”.
Mr. Simon said, “Sometimes you do things, take a risk, because you believe in something and it doesn’t come off“.
However, John Hemming MP has been against the proposal during its campaign and so today said people from Birmingham have declared “resoundingly they want accountable democracy”.
By – Bradley Jolly (4/5/12)