The introduction of directly elected mayors in Britain, as proposed for Dublin, “ripped” power from councillors, Prof Ian Stewart, the mayor of Salford in Greater Manchester, said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dubliners should carefully consider the consequences before voting on the creation of a directly elected mayor, a prominent UK mayor has said.The intr(...)

Liverpool’s reputation for high unemployment is only partly deserved – Merseyside as a whole has an unemployment rate of 9.3 per cent, well below some other peripheral regions of Europe. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Soccer spectators are not known for their sensitivity or compassion. Manchester United fans often bait visiting Liverpool supporters with a version of(...)