Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson pushes to Lord it over Southport streets

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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson pushes to Lord it over Southport streets

Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson’s plans to extend his empire to the Plough roundabout gained a boost this week with the ousting of St Helens Council leader Marie Rimmer (below).

When Councillor Rimmer publicly rejected the idea of a regional mayor, Joe Anderson compared the St Helens council with “Luddites”. This led Councillor Rimmer to say that while Liverpool could have its mayor if it wanted (the people of Liverpool have actually never voted for such a thing), the idea of her borough being ruled by Liverpool was unconscionable.

The knives came out for Cllr Rimmer while she was on holiday in Turkey. When she came home, she found she was being ousted by her deputy, Barrie Grunewald. Mr Grunewald is a long-term supporter of St Helens South multi-millionaire Labour MP Shaun Woodward.

Speaking after the coup, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson (below) said he believed “an elected mayor for Merseyside was what a lot of progressive politicians wanted to see.”

The former Sefton social worker told the Liverpool Daily Post:

“It is better to be speaking on behalf of 1.5m people rather than a few hundred thousands. I think it’s the Government that needs to instigate the debate by making the offer to the city region and that they have yet to do.”

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