Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in north-west England. It was created, like other metropolitan counties, in 1974, and originally had an elected metropolitan authority, the Greater Manchester Council (GMC). The GMC, like other metropolitan authorities and the Greater London Council, was abolished in 1986, and the individual boroughs became effectively unitary authority areas. Some local government functions are co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which replaced the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities in April 2011). An interim Mayor of Greater Manchester was appointed in May 2015, to be replaced by a directly elected Mayor following further legislation.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29876939 "George Osborne: Greater Manchester to have elected mayor", BBC News, 3 November 2014.