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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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May the force be with you on Voting Day

ON Thursday, 4 May 2017, the local elections are being held across the UK, but on Merseyside we also have a very important added election. On that day voters on Merseyside will be casting their votes for the very 1st Metro Mayor of Merseyside. Whoever is elected to become the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayor will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region (LCR) combined authority area which comprises of the following local authorities:- Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and the Wirral. He or she will have a budget of over ₤900 million, over the next 30 years, with powers on education and skills, planning and housing, transport, health and social care, under the 'Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.' If you have not yet seen the information about the Candidates please download this election booklet for free, by clicking on here now.

The candidates are as follows:-

Roger Bannister - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - Email.
Paul Breen - Get The Coppers Off The Jury
Tony Caldeira - The Conservative Party - Email.
Carl Cashman - Liberal Democrats - Email.
Tom Crone - Green Party - Web.
Tabitha Morton - Women's Equality Party - Web.
Steve Rotheram - Labour Party - Web.
Paula Walters - UK Independence Party - Email.

The initial term for the Liverpool City Region Mayor is 3 years, with the next election to be held in 2020. From 2020 the successful candidate then is to be elected for a 4 year term, then subsequently election to be held every 4 years thereafter. It is worth noting that the Liverpool City Region Mayor will not be responsible for Council Services, such as bin collections or setting Council Tax, also Merseyside will remain Merseyside.

Unlike most elections, you will have 2 votes, a 1st choice candidate and a 2nd choice candidate. This is due to the fact law states the voting process for Mayoral Elections must be done this way. It allows you to say who would be your second choice for Mayor if your 1st does not win. If you only pick 1, the only one chosen will be accepted. You must also use a clear 'X' that is within the boxes of the selections you make. Any other marks or lines will probably result in the ballet paper not being counted.

Don't forget to vote… So may the force of your votes make a difference to your community on 4 May 2017.


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