Interview for Bright Green
The Green Party’s Zoë Garbett has launched her manifesto for the Hackney Mayoral by-election. Among the policies she’s putting forward is a plan to abolish the role of mayor entirely.
The Green Party has long opposed directly elected mayors in England, with the Greens in Hackney arguing that the mayoral role ‘undermines democracy’ in the Borough. According to the Greens, this is because nearly all decision-making responsibilities are removed from the borough’s elected councillors with power instead concentrated in one person.
Garbett says she would seek to abolish the mayoral role as part of a package of proposals which she says would ‘give residents more power over crucial local issues’, and ‘open the council up to more public scrutiny’.