Croydon is to join Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, and Tower Hamlets, in having this directly elected position.
I very much hope that six years since the corrupt and flawed election, the residents of Tower Hamlets will be able to vote safely and securely.
The point here is the electoral trade-off between what could plausibly happen in the capital and the provinces – with Corbyn entering Downing Street in consequence.
A proportional distribution of seats within multi-member wards would achieve greater fairness and more competition.
Smaller electoral areas with just one councillor each would make for less confusion, more accountability – and fewer one party states.
The stellar success of the London Academy of Excellence, supported by six independent schools, shows just some of what we can achieve by co-operating.
Such messages have more in common with the race controversies of 50 years ago than with the modern Conservative Party.
Pundits are expecting a drubbing for the Conservatives in the capital. But some boroughs will buck the trend. I predict unpredictability.
From now until polling day, our diarists – Emily Knight for Leave and Andrew Marshall for Remain – will report back weekly on the ground war.
The final town hall Pravdas are being closed down – but councils still ignore the rules on online content.
It is a relic of an out-of-date fashion for the big and artificial rather than the small, local and rooted.