should draw on international experience. The power of competition,
match funding and gearing should be harnessed to achieve the best
value for money for the taxpayer.
17. The mayors working together should establish a leadership
academy for city governance. It should host a bi-annual international
convention for mayors to learn from best practice across the globe
and to promote international trade with our partners.
18. The role of the mayor needs to be strengthened. The ability to
achieve the standards of excellence necessary must not be frustrated
by the conflicting loyalties and powers of the constituent authorities.
The inevitable compromises and delay are incompatible with the
urgency for progress to world competitiveness and the scale of the
challenges we face.
19. The mayor should be empowered within his or her mayoralty
to appoint people with appropriate experience and expertise from
businesses, universities and other public life to the Combined
20. No mayor should be constrained by anything other than a simple
majority in the workings of a Combined Authority. This will give the
mayor the confidence to set an ambitious agenda with businesses and
other organisations without being unnecessarily constrained by local