Corbyn ally named as candidate for Liverpool city region mayor

Laura Christensen
August 11, 2016

The selection of Steve Rotheram as Labour's candidate to be Liverpool metropolitan mayor is the latest in the line of MPs trying to move away from Westminster to take on beefed-up regional briefs.

The Liverpool City Region comprises Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Halton.

He defeated Joe Anderson, Liverpool's current mayor, and Luciana Berger, a former member of the shadow cabinet, sparking accusations that Labour's upper ranks are too male-dominated.

The candidate for Liverpool, Steve Rotheram, was announced this morning, following announcements of the West Midlands and Manchester candidates yesterday.

Rotheram is one of Jeremy Corbyn' aides in the House of Commons.

He won a total of 2,029 nominations in the first round of voting compared to the 1,641 received by Mayor Anderson and Ms Berger's 1,202.

He added: "As metro mayor, I will put social justice at the heart of my administration; something which I've been passionate about all of my political career".

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He nominated his friend Andy Burnham for leader a year ago, along with Angela Eagle for the deputy's contest.

"We really should be looking at what our members are telling us to do and I think that's part of the role as a Member of Parliament".

'Devolution presents us with a unique opportunity to make decisions locally, in the interests of local people, to ensure each person within our six districts has the best chance in life'.

The metro mayor will be chosen by the areas' electorates on 4 May.

Anderson said: "Heartbroken but determined to continue as Mayor to work for Liverpool and the greatest city region in the world".

The Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips also claimed that Jeremy Corbyn and his office ignored her approaches earlier this year to discuss equality in the mayoral races.

But Ms Phillips' views were not echoed by other female Labour MPs, with Diane Abbott and Angela Eagle tweeting their congratulations to the candidates.

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