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Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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Special coverage photo in next weeks issue of the groups amazing night in Liverpool, on 5 May 2017...  If you missed what was an fantastic night heck out The Vamps website to see where you can catch them next...  Also do not forget, NEW ALBUM DUE OUT, on 14 July 2017....  Plus we have some amazing coverage of the support that night.  Did you see them perform... What a show!!!

2 Scouse Mayors could see the North West flying high
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THE 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.

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We are sorry that we 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 will be very interested to hear if any of our readers are missing any letters that they have been expecting, or are receiving letters well over the date they expected they should have arrived...

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Shawn Mendes 1st ever Arena World Tour stopped off in Manchester

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Prescot Festival Ushers in New Generation of Talent
Final call for Sgt Pepper performers
Jarvis Cocker to introduce pioneering electronic music concert at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, 50 years after it was commissioned
Default 'worker' status a smart move, says LITRG
Charity wants members of the public to give it their last fiver
David Wilson Homes Domates ₤1,000 to Brainwave
Local Conservative elected onto Formby Parish Council
Nominate Endangered Merseyside Buildings 2017
Merseyside Police to carry out high visibly policing as part of national week of action
Gulliver's to host annual food bank weekend
3 of the Best North West Chef's Charity Polo Day
ITV2 is "Calling all singles"
ACCA UK welcomes new metro mayors
This Webseries Will Make You Feel Awkward
Summer season continues to build at LJLA
Man arrested after absconding from prison custody
Head of Liverpool based organisation is 1 of the visionaries behind Peoples Powerhouse movement
Family Fun on LightNight 2017
Liverpool's walking environment ranks 4th in a poll of the UK's 10 largest Cities
Voyage of a lifetime ahead for the crew on Tall Ship Lord Nelson
Are the Government proposals to reduce air pollution - charity accuses ministers of abdication of responsibility?
Liverpool Disco Festival 2017
Time to talk, learn about end of life issues as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week in Southport
'Blue Blue Light Relay' on Merseyside
Brexit reinforces need for comprehensive industrial strategy
Kiss is heading to Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Holland and the UK!
Skin cancer risks highlighted by health officials
Air Ambulance responds to a road traffic collision on Promenade Road

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International award winning songwriter Jenn Bostic is heading to Southport

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