Lib Dems to raise petition for the abolition of post of elected mayor of Liverpool


How the City is governed should be a decision of the people of Liverpool and not the political parties of Liverpool

On the day after Labour have announced its candidate for the mayoralty of the Liverpool City Region Liverpool’s Lib Dems have launched a campaign for the abolition of the mayoralty in Liverpool City Council.

Cllr Richard Kemp said, “three Mayors is at least one too many. At the last meeting of the council we moved a motion calling on the Council to start consulting with the people of Liverpool on the three options which are available by law for running our city.

Labour acted disgracefully and did not even allow a real debate on the issue and guillotined the discussion after just one speech in favour and one against.

Given that the Lib Dems are now launching a campaign to collect the 16,500 names of Liverpool residents that are required of a formal petition leading to an official referendum next May.

We always said that it should be the people that decided whether or not to have an elected Mayor and we now believe that it should be their decision whether to keep or abolish it. We believe that now is the time to look at this decision given the fact that there will be an elected mayor for the Liverpool Region next May. Put simply the fact that there are 3 Mayors in Liverpool will be very confusing both inside and especially outside the city when we come to look for new business and inward investment”.

The resolution to Council which was defeated by Labour after a cursory debate but which was supported by the Green Party and Cllr Radford:

Changes to the Governance Structure of Liverpool City Council

Council notes that from February next year the Council can vote to abolish the position of Elected Mayor.

It believes, however, that major constitutional change of this type should be a decision of the people of Liverpool and not just the politicians of Liverpool.
It therefore resolves to commence a major and meaningful consultation with the people and businesses of Liverpool and all interested parties to examine in detail the three potential ways for the Council to work in future namely:

  • Continuation of the Mayoral model
  • Replacement of the Mayoral model by a Leader and Cabinet System
  • Replacement of the Mayoral model by a Leader and Committee System

It resolves to leave the details of the consultation to be determined as a matter of urgency to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and opposition Group Leaders.

Will you help us raise the 16,500 names of Liverpool citizens that we require?

E-mail me at  and I can either send you the PDF so you can print petitions yourself or we can send you some though the post. All petitions must be physical ones that are signed and dated. Electronic petitions cannot be used.

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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