Liverpool mayor promises to address housing need
The newly elected mayor of Liverpool has promised to deliver housing for the city.
Speaking immediately after the result of the ballot was announced, Joe Anderson said: ‘We will deliver on our pledges and our promises, the people of this city need new houses, they need jobs, and new schools, that is what we will be delivering by an administration with a Labour mayor.’
The leader of the city council was chosen as Liverpool’s first elected mayor with 59 per cent of the vote. His closest rival, independent candidate Liam Fogarty, secured just 8 per cent, with Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Kemp – who is chair of housing association Plus Dane – in third place with 6 per cent.
Mr Anderson has been a staunch opponent of coalition government policies, clashing with prime minister David Cameron and communities secretary Eric Pickles over Supporting People cuts.
In Salford, the only other area to go ahead with a ballot to introduce an elected mayor, Labour candidate Ian Stewart won with nearly 70 per cent of second round votes.
Ten cities also held referendums on whether they want to introduce elected mayors, but Bristol was the only one to vote in favour. In Doncaster the majority of voters elected to retain a mayor.
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