Mayor's mandate came from voters
Terence Herbert asks who voted for Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and criticises him for always talking as if he is not answerable to elected councillors ("Is council now a one-man show?" Mailbox, September 29).
The answer to Mr Herbert's first question is that Sir Peter was elected – with a substantial majority – by all those citizens and council tax payers of Leicester who chose to exercise their right to vote.
The answer to his second point is that Leicester's mayor, rightly or wrongly, is directly elected by the citizens of Leicester, derives his mandate directly from us and is answerable directly to us, rather than to councillors.
As to expense, although there is a debate to be had about how much elected representatives should be paid, if we did not pay them then only the rich would be able to afford to stand for public office.
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Furthermore, Sir Peter's election as an executive mayor has, in any case, allowed Leicester to save money, by dispensing with the much more highly-paid post of unelected chief executive.
Like Mr Herbert, I too disagree with Sir Peter at times, but I differ from Mr Herbert in one important respect – I live and pay my council tax in Leicester, unlike Mr Herbert, who apparently lives in Birstall. I think that this gives me much more right to complain when I do disagree with Peter, particularly as I did vote for him.
Despite this, I don't deny Mr Herbert's right to still express an opinion about our mayor, but I would question how much weight should be given to his opinions about Leicester's governance when he doesn't appear to realise that he doesn't live in Leicester, and when he doesn't appear to be aware of how Leicester is run and how our democratic processes work.
Malcolm Hunter, Leicester.