On the 4th May 2017 Liverpool City Region will elect its first Metro Mayor. The Metro Mayor will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area.
All residents across the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) over the age of 18 are invited to elect a new Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. If you are not registered to vote then the quickest and easiest way to register (if you are eligible) is to register online.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor will work alongside the six local councils to improve the economy of the area, bring in new investment, improve transport, strategic housing as well as creating more jobs.
Having a Liverpool City Region Mayor was a condition of the Devolution Agreement secured with the Government, which as well as devolving decision making on key issues, it also secured £900m of additional funding for the Liverpool City Region over the next 30 years.
This is your opportunity to influence who will make major decisions about the Liverpool City Region. Having the ability to control budgets and decisions at a local level means that they are aligned to the needs of our residents, business and region.
The Devolution Agreement enables the transfer of significant powers for economic development, transport, strategic housing and planning and employment and skills which will positively impact on the lives of all of our residents and businesses.
The candidates for the Liverpool City Region metro mayor are;
A businessman and former Chair of the City of Liverpool Conservative party. He is the founder and Managing Director of ‘Caldeira’, a home textile company specialising in cushions, located in the Knowsley. In 2012 and 2016, he was the Conservative candidate in the Liverpool City directly elected mayoral election, finishing in seventh and sixth place respectively.
View Tony Caldeira's 1 minute manifesto here.
MP for Liverpool Walton since 2010. Created his own company ‘Rotherham Builders’ at the age of 22, and later gained a Masters from Liverpool Hope University in Contemporary Urban Renaissance. From 2002 until 2010, Rotherham was a Councillor for Fazakerley Ward, which is in the constituency he now represents. He was also Lord Mayor from 2008 – 2009. He is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
View Steve Rotherham's 1 minute manifesto here.
Councillor for Prescott Ward in Knowsley. Cashman was the party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Knowsley in the 2015 General Election, finishing third. He is currently studying for a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool having previously completed a degree in Politics.
A member of the Unison national executive council from the formation of the public services' union in 1993 until his retirement this February, Roger Bannister stood for Liverpool city mayor last year and won 4,950 votes
Tom Crone of the Green Party represents St Michaels ward and was elected in 2014 with 60% of the vote. The Green Party's candidate for the metro mayor position in the Liverpool City Region has called for the One Tree Per Child scheme to be taken up by all local authorities in the region.
Today, she plays a key role at a global manufacturer. As Mayor, she will prioritise grants for employers offering equal apprenticeships for young women and men and ring-fence funds for training women in sectors in which they’re underrepresented to give all our young people a fighting chance of success.
Merseyside Mayor UKIP Candidate. Mrs Walters, who is in charge of one of the most thriving UKIP branches in the North West, lives in New Brighton with her family. A civil servant, she has qualifications including a BA in English and BSc in Biomolecular Science.
Don't forget on May 4th to go out and choose your Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.