On the 4th May 2017 Liverpool City Region elected its first Metro Mayor. The elected Metro Mayor - Steve Rotheram - will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area.
The former Lord Mayor of Liverpool was elected with 59% of the vote. Conservative candidate Tony Caldeira came second with 20%. Mr Rotheram will now lead the region's combined authority. He has worked as parliamentary private secretary to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and served as MP for Liverpool Walton before Parliament was dissolved earlier this week.
All residents across the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) over the age of 18 were invited to elect a new Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. The Liverpool City Region Mayor will now 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. 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.
Steve Rotherham Biog
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.