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British politics

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==Local government==
Each locality in the UK has its own '''local authority''': there are '''councils''' of various sorts, as well as a number of elected '''mayors''' (most notably in London, whose current mayor is the popular but controversial leftright-wing politician [[Ken LivingstoneBoris Johnson]]). The powers of local authorities have been declining for many years, but it is believed that they are due for a significant revival.
It should be noted that most mayors in Britain are relatively powerless officials who serve as mere figureheads (rather like the Queen), as the power is with the local council, of which the mayor is the leader. However, a number of cities, such as London, have powerful mayors with a full executive role.