PRIME Minister David Cameron is urging Sheffield residents to take a ‘once in a generation chance’ for democratic reform today by backing plans for city mayors.
Voting yes in referendums a week on Thursday will give areas powerful champions to represent their interests, says the Prime Minister.
Speaking to Tory activists in Bristol, Mr Cameron said: “Britain stands on the brink of exciting democratic change. Let’s be clear what this moment means. It’s not some trivial re-structure or fiddling about.
“It’s about more investment across our country. More jobs for our workers.
“More life in our political system. It’s a once-in-a-generation chance to change the way our country is run.
“I passionately want those cities - from Bristol to Birmingham, Nottingham to Newcastle, Sheffield to Wakefield, to give a resounding, emphatic yes next week.”
Mr Cameron warned cities risked ‘stagnating’ if mayors were not introduced.
“If you want your local champion speaking to the heart of Government, banging their fist on the table for Birmingham, or Bristol or Leeds - get out and vote yes,” he said.
“If you want to see your city grow more prominent, more powerful, more prosperous - get out and vote yes.
“This is a once-in-a-generation chance to change the way we run our country, so seize it, vote for it, go for it.”