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What are constitutions for
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Introduction
An unwritten constitution
What are constitutions for
Support for the unwritten constitution - the Whig view
Support for the unwritten constitution - westminster model
Support for the Unwritten Constitution - From the 1970s
What is the British Constitution - Common Law
The Common Law - The Royal Prerogative
The British Constitution - Statute Law
More on Statute Law
The British Constitution - Constitutional Conventions
Authoritative Sources
New Labour and Devolution
New Labour and FOI
New Labour and Human Rights
New Labour and Local Government
New Labour and Monetary Policy
New Labour and Political Parties
New Labour and the House of Lords
New Labour and the Judiciary
Significance since 1997
The Coalition
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University 18 Yrs + | Constitutional Change

New Labour and Local Government

A body for London Government was restored, to replace the Greater London Authority that was abolished in 1986.  The Greater London Act, 1999, produced a weaker body than the GLC and, for the first time in Britain, an elected mayor to head the authority.  

The Local Government Act, 2000 made provision for other local authorities in England to have elected mayors and also to replace their committee systems with an executive Cabinet of councillors.  In practice, only about 40 local authorities decided to hold a referendum on whether there should be an elected mayor and in the majority of these the idea was rejected.  John Prescott, the deputy Prime Minister at the time was keen on regional government. Unelected regional development agencies were set up across England, but a referendum to have an elected Regional Council in the North-East was defeated. There has been more of a shift in recent years to City Mayors and Metro-Mayors.

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