Julia is also one of four special guest speakers at the Birmingham Mail's elected mayor
debate for students and young voters at South Birmingham College, Digbeth campus on Tuesday, April 17 between 2pm and 4pm.
Voters will be asked if they want to replace the council's leader and cabinet system with an elected mayor
in the pounds 100,000 referendum called by the government on the same day as council elections.
An elected mayor
does not replace the Civic Mayor, whose role is strictly ceremonial and non-political.
Again in their 2012 Referendum, the residents of Birmingham and Coventry both said 'no' to an elected mayor
. While the residents of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Solihull have never even been asked if they wanted an elected mayor
And Newcastle's Liberal Democrats said an elected mayor
was essential to provide accountability within a more devolved regional Government.
IF the view is that Wales will trail England without elected mayors
this could be an opportunity to slim down our 22 local authorities, which became surplus to requirements once the Assembly was elected.
In a statement Coun Bridges - who will not seek re-election next year - said: "Sitting through recent Cardiff council debates, I have found myself wondering 'How could an elected mayor
be any worse than this'?
Councillors have said they would "reluctantly" accept an elected mayor
as part of the long-awaited Yorkshire devolution deal.
Both Labour and Conservative governments have been keen to promote the concept of elected mayors
- much keener, it must be said, than those on the ground.
Having five Teesside Labour leaders would surely mean an elected mayor
would only be a puppet manipulated by the other five Labour leaders?
While there is an elected mayor
in Middlesbrough, the people of Hartlepool ditched theirs in 2013.
THE spectre of an elected mayor
for Birmingham is back on the political agenda - two years after the plan was rejected by voters.