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Neil McNaughton

local authorities had had mayors as figureheads for centuries, but these were not elected, but appointed by the rest of the council. The ancient institution of Lord Mayor of London, was also an appointment, in this case of the traditional livery companies which control the small ‘City’ of London. The idea of an elected mayor was imported from the USA and France and represented a complete break with the past. The people of London took to the idea with enthusiasm and a 1999 referendum endorsed the measure decisively. Thereafter, however, matters began to take an

in Understanding British and European political issues