Peter Kilfoyle, Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, is campaigning for a directly elected mayor whose remit would extend beyond the city local authority, across a Liverpool 'city-region' - potentially incorporating Warrington, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Chester, Wrexham and Flintshire. He argues that the economic, communicative and cultural bonds that link these areas are stronger than the "rather arbitrary administrative boundaries in local government", and that this should be acknowledged in the structure of governance. "People in that role are democratically responsible to their own local electorate but not to the wider electorate. The wider electorate doesn't have a say on a council leader in one area who might be mishandling an area of the city-region's governance, so there's a democratic deficit." Kilfoyle, rightly or wrongly, sees the mayoral model as the remedy to this deficit."
I really am stuck for words here, I find it hard to describe how I feel without making a personal attack on Peter Kilfoyle. Who does he think he is? Is he just crass and insensitive or does he know what he's saying and is he being arrogant and condescending? Kilfoyle really needs to understand that he doesn't have a say over our constitutional settlement and he can campaign as long as he wants in Liverpool and Cheshire but he won't be imposing a Regional Mayor on Wrecsam and Flintshire.