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Mon 18 Nov 2013 11:00 BBC Radio 4

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Monday 18 November 2013

A key plank of David Cameron's localism agenda was the opportunity for England's 10 largest cities to introduce elected mayors following the success of the London mayor. Only Bristol voted for one.

One year on from the election, Giles Dilnot finds out how new mayor George Ferguson is faring. What do Bristolians make of him with his trademark red trousers? We'll hear George Ferguson's assessment of his first year in office, speak to his supporters and opponents, and ask what difference, if any, has he made to the city's fortunes. And Giles meets Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cities, to find out if the fortunes of the city mayor could be revived around the country.

Producer: Mark Smalley.


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