Metro Mayor to host city region events

Steve Rotheram will host the events aptly named 'Speak to Steve', across the city region with the aim of reaching residents who may not otherwise get a chance to question a politician.

These events will take place in venues such as work canteens, doctor surgeries, libraries, schools and the local pub. Mayor Rotheram said, “Too often people tell me that they feel disconnected from politics and the decisions that affect their lives. I left Westminster because I wanted to do politics differently and this is just one way I want to make people feel like they have a real input in the future of their community.

“One of the most exciting things for me is to have the chance to talk about the difference devolution is making for our area and what we’ve already delivered in a relatively short amount of time.

“My experience since I was elected is that even if people are initially confused as to what exactly devolution is all about, the more they hear about what we are doing the more they like the sound of it.

"Whether it’s half-price apprenticeship bus travel, new publicly-owned trains for the Merseyrail network, or £500 million for new investment in our city region, we have a lot to be proud of.”

Since being elected in May 2017, Steve has held question time events across the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region.

It is hoped that this new series of events will help him reach the people who may not have their say when it comes to issues that affect them most.

Mayor Rotheram added: “I am really looking forward to these events as they are about going back to doing politics in its purest form, at a grassroots level. There is so much going on right now – whether it’s Brexit, climate change or funding for public services – it will be interesting to see what people want to talk about.

“There will be a few surprises in terms of where we are holding the events but sometimes as a politician you have to take a risk and put yourself out there.”

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