An elected Mayor is more accountable, more focused and more committed.
Cardiff will be stronger and more competitive on a global scale with an elected Mayor.
Join the campaign and sign the petition to hold a referendum – let’s deliver a better future for Cardiff.
Let’s fight to give a Mayor the mandate and power to implement a vision for our city.
We need 24,647 signatures from the Cardiff electorate to trigger a referendum. Don’t leave it for someone else. Make your voice heard!
Why Cardiff needs a Mayor
In 2011, Minister for Cities, Greg Clark MP said:
“Our greatest cities can benefit from strong, visible leadership and international standing that a mayor, elected with a clear mandate, can bring. Around the world, including in London, a mayor has become a vital part in ensuring that a great city has a strong voice and can attract investment from home and aboard.
“Britain’s success depends on the success of our great cities and I am convinced that an elected mayor, taking powers previously confined to ministers, can help realise their potential.”
What we need to do
To elect a Mayor, we need to trigger a referendum by signing a petition.
We need 24,647 signatures by August to trigger a referendum in Autumn 2016.
If the city votes ‘yes’, a Mayoral election will then take place alongside the 2017 local council elections.
“"Dyfodol difyr, amser a ddengys" (Exciting times, time will tell)
"I am going to follow this campaign with interest. Would like to see a referendum to give the people of Cardiff the chance to have their say."
“I’m signing the petition because I feel that Cardiff is moving from strength to strength and is finding its place in the world as a vibrant, confident capital city. It therefore feels like the time for Cardiff to have a directly elected mayor has come. The high-profile figurehead this would provide us could better raise awareness on projects such as reducing homelessness in the city and would increase accountability in local democracy. ”
Cllr Fenella Bowden
“The campaign to bring a directly elected Mayor to Cardiff has really inspired me to get actively involved in making a positive change for this city.“It is important that people outside the political party structure understand how much of a difference bringing in a directly elected mayor can make to them, and I’m delighted to be playing a key part in explaining that both to my constituents in Heath and Birchgrove and across the city as a whole.”
"We can’t be one of the only core cities in the United Kingdom that does not review the capability of our leadership model and its readiness to tackle the new challenges of the 21st Century. Our City must begin to fight for its future against global competitors. In order to do this, Cardiff’s leadership model must enable greater visibility, accountability and power afforded by what would be one of the largest political mandates in country to get things done."
“Cardiff can benefit from strong, visible leadership and international standing that a mayor, elected with a clear mandate, can bring. Around the world, a mayor has become a vital part in ensuring that a great city has a strong voice and can attract investment from home and abroad. Our success as a country depends on the success of our great cities and I am convinced that an elected mayor, taking powers previously confined to the leader of the council can help realise their potential”
“I would like to see a directly elected Mayor for Cardiff”
"I'm originally Romanian and in my home town the mayor is directly elected and directly accountable to the people. Everyone knows who they are and the decisions they make. I was surprised when I moved to Cardiff that things didn't work the same here."
"I lived in London for years before returning to Cardiff and saw the difference an elected mayor made. It gives a city wide sense of identity and on issues like green transport having a strong leader with a clear mandate can make all the difference to transform the way things are done"
Cllr Eleanor Sanders
"This campaign is too important just to be left to party politicians. I am committed to working with people from all parties and none in making this important change happen for the city of Cardiff".