2 Scouse Mayors could
see the North West flying high
Photograph by Patrick Trollope
results are in for the new Mayor Elections held on 4 May 2017 and both Liverpool
City Region and Greater Manchester have both been won comfortably by Labour.
This is a very Scouse result, as both Liverbirds will be proud, as both areas
now have with Scouser mayors, now have the force to shape the region! May
we at Southport Reporter wish both Steve and Andy well in their new roles, and
hope that they will lead this region forward to greater success.
If you’re still
unsure who Steve Rotheram is… He has already been 1 of Liverpool's former Lord
Mayors. We have to point out that, in that capacity, he played only a civic
role, meaning that he could only carry out ceremonial duties, chair meetings and
he could not, during that mayoral term, make executive decisions.
This new role
is quite different, as it will see him at the head of the region's combined
authority, comprising:- Merseyside's Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and
Wirral councils, plus Halton in Cheshire. His new role also gives him
considerable powers as part of the devolution deal, which was started by the UK
Government in 2014. Now, both Liverpool born Mayors, Andy Burnham (born in
Knowsley) and Steve Rotheram (born in Aintree) hold 2 of the most powerful
positions in our region. Unlike the Civic Mayors, these roles give them the
power over a budget of over ₤900 million, over the next 30 years, with powers
over education and skills, planning and housing, transport, health and social
care, under the 'Local Democracy, Economic Development and
Construction Act 2009.' It might be huge power, but it’s 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; that remains with your local councillors.
It will be interesting to see if 2 highly respected Scousers in these
roles will lead to better relations developing between the 2 economic
powerhouses of the North West England.
These new Mayors will now work for an initial term, of 3 years, with the next
Mayoral Elections to be held in 2020. From then on it will see a successful
candidate being elected every 4 years.
Unsurprisingly, it is anticipated that there will be lots of confusion around
the Mayors, as the now political post, of executive Mayor, will be running
concurrently with the tradionally ceremonial Mayor, who is the local Council
Leader, and is selected from within the Councillors, for just 1 year. So it is
worth noting that the Lord
Mayor of Liverpool, will still be around,
and will be kept as a civic role as will the other local civic Mayors, like the
Mayor of Sefton and Mayor of St Helens. In effect they will remain the Chairman
of their Councils. They will remain yearly appointments and will carry only
titular authority and conduct ceremonial duties, as they have always have. The
new Metro Mayor is totally different.
If you did not vote,
please let us know why? Do you have any thoughts on how the Metro Mayor's should
work for the area? Email us to:-
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did not bring you live footage for this year at the Elections, as sadly, thanks
to Royal Mail, we did not receive our election access credentials in time. So we
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