The Mayor of Liverpool should resign after his lack of judgement in this moral and financial crucial issue
Statement from the Liberal Democrats
“I am delighted that after 3.5 years investigation by the Lancashire Police four men are being brought to justice and will presumably appear in court. In 2014 I and two knowledgeable and professional members of the public presented a 1,000 page dossier on what we considered to be major problems with the running of LDL. In addition I gave evidence about activities in Lancashire which I considered to be totally inappropriate.
This investigation has now cost almost £3million but will be worth it justice is finally done. In the immediate future the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council should be suspended, without prejudice, until the matter is finally dealt with through the Courts. I hope that the court action will take place as soon as possible so that the council tax payers of Liverpool and Lancashire can see how the systems that safeguard their money have been flouted.
I must make it absolutely clear that although the Labour Party will try and throw as much sand as possible in the eyes of the people of Liverpool and Lancashire these problems have arisen since Labour took control of the Council. As I understand it the Mayor took personal control of these issues and was, until recently, a Director of LDL.
It is also clear that the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, should tender his resignation over this issue. He has supported the Chief Executive Mr Fitzgerald through thin and thin and should have taken immediate action when the council offices were raided about this in 2015 and again when he was questioned by Police earlier this year.”
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats