Chesterfield Borough Council
United Kingdom

As of April 2011 various towns and cities throughout England have a directly elected mayor, i.e. one who is elected by the people in an election. These include Bedford, Leicester, Torbay, Mansfield and Middlesbrough to name but a few.

However, this is not the case in Chesterfield. The Mayor of Chesterfield is elected by the councillors, i.e. those who are elected to represent each ward. This is undemocratic, as the party with the highest number of seats (which is not necessarily the party with the most votes overall due to the technicalities of the voting system) has a disproportionate amount of power in making this important decision.

We, the undersigned, demand that the selection process for the position of Mayor of Chesterfield be reformed so that the Mayor is directly elected by the electorate of the Borough of Chesterfield.

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The Directly elect Mayor of Chesterfield petition to Chesterfield Borough Council was written by Andrew Hamm and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.