North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Boris swipes at mayors who whinge

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated his preference for mayors who champion their areas over those who whinge. He was responding to a Commons question from Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central and Mayor of Sheffield City Region, who urged him to use the recent mayoral elections to reset the government’s relationship with the mayors and work collaboratively with them as the country emerged from the pandemic.   

 Johnson replied: ‘Yes, I certainly can. I believe the mayors and the mayoral authorities should also have their say. In my experience there are two types of Mayor. I think the mayoral project is a great one, but it tends to produce either mayors who champion their area, get on and take responsibility for their area, or people who whinge and blame central government for things. I much prefer type A to type B’.