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Newham mayoral hopeful promises vote on whether the role should be scrapped

PUBLISHED: 11:16 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 March 2018

Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz is challenging Sir Robin Wales to be Newham Labour's next mayoral candidate. Picture: Rokhsana Fiaz

Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz is challenging Sir Robin Wales to be Newham Labour's next mayoral candidate. Picture: Rokhsana Fiaz

Rokhsana Fiaz

The woman looking to become the new mayor of Newham has called for there to be a vote on whether to scrap the role.

Rokhsana Fiaz, who is currently embroiled in a bid to replace Robin Wales as the Labour candidate in the May election, told the Guardian the current system is “too top down, too hierarchical.”

“The incumbent to my mind represents the past, a very ossified way of doing things,” she said.

Fiaz said that if she becomes the mayor of Newham she will call the election by the end of her first term.

Newham is one of only four London boroughs to use the system, which was introduced by Tony Blair.

Directly elected mayors are chosen by a dedicated election. The alternative model sees the leader of the ruling party head up the council whilst also being a councillor with ward responsibilities.

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