07 Apr 2017
Candidates have now been announced for the first ever Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayoral election.
The new combined authority covers the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.
This election will form part of the Devolution Agreement signed by the Government and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to give more powers over development and funding to individual regions.
This agreement has secured over £900m in funding for the City Region over the next 30 years. Decision making powers around local priorities such as transport, employment and skills and business support will also be devolved to the Combined Authority.
There are eight candidates running in the Mayoral election, they are:
Roger Bannister, Trade Union & Socialist Coalition
He stood for Liverpool city mayor in 2016, coming fourth with 5% of the vote. He is a veteran trade unionist, and would seek to overturn austerity budgets.
Paul Breen, Get the Coppers off the Jury
Mr Breen is a resident of Norris Green, Liverpool and was the last candidate to be nominated. He has not discussed his ambitions were he to be successful, except that he does not believe that police officers should be allowed to serve on juries.
Tony Caldeira, Conservative
Born in Liverpool and educated in St Helens. Mr Caldeira has stood for Liverpool mayor twice, coming sixth in 2016 with just under 4% of the vote. He has pledged to improve the area’s transport network, speed up the planning process and build homes and workplaces away from green spaces.
Carl Cashman, Liberal Democrats
Born in Whiston, Knowsley, Mr Cashman is leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Knowsley Council. He believes maintaining strong ties with Europe and the region will be the key to success. He also has planned to introduce an integrated travel card, similar to the Oyster card, to the region.
Tom Crone, Green Party
Mr Crone is leader of the Green group on Liverpool City Council. He won 10% of the vote in the mayoral elections in Liverpool in 2016 and came third. He is keen to see a shift away from heavy industry in the city region towards greener “tech” industries.
Tabitha Morton, Women’s Equality Party
Tabitha Morton was born in Netherton, Sefton. She says she would prioritise grants for employers offering equal apprenticeships for young women and men and protect funds for training women in sectors where they are underrepresented.
Steve Rotheram, Labour
Born in Kirkby, former bricklayer Steve Rotheram was a city councillor in Liverpool and also Lord Mayor during the city’s European Capital of Culture year in 2008. He was also elected MP for Liverpool Walton in 2010, and re-elected to the seat in 2015.
Paula Walters, UKIP
Paula Walters is chairman of UKIP in Wirral and lives in New Brighton with her family. She has long campaigned to put an end to tunnel tolls.
All polling stations in the Liverpool City Region will be open between 7am and 10pm on 4th May. You can also vote by post or by proxy.
To register to vote or for more information visit http://liverpoolcityregionelects.org/