The seven Lib Dem Councillors have taken up their new positions and seats in the Council Chamber. Their first job was to requisition a special council meeting to begin the process of abolishing the position of Elected Mayor
All seven Liberal Democrat Councillors in Liverpool have submitted a request for a special meeting of the City Council to begin the process of abolishing the position of Elected Mayor.
It is quite clear from the thousands of discussions that we had on the doorstep in the elections that people want to get rid of the spare mayor position in Liverpool. It is also clear that many in the Labour Council Group, such as Cllr Nick Small, also believe that which is, of course, the main reason for the huge splits in the Labour Party.
As our resolution makes clear this is not just about Joe Anderson but about the position. Since the election of Steve Rotheram as the Regional Mayor any justification for also having a City Mayor is massively reduced. Obviously, the Liberal Democrats want to abolish the post, not least because it could save up to £600,000 to be spent on front line services, but the law rightly says that there needs to be a consultation on this and that the Council must say how it would manage its affairs after the abolition. We hope that the Council will thoroughly debate this matter and conclude that the people of Liverpool have a right to be consulted on this issue”.
Note. The timing of a Special Council Meeting is decided by the Lord Mayor in consultation with Party Leaders.
The Full text of the motion that we will move is below:
To initiate a review of the Governance Structures of the Council into the possibility of moving from a Mayor and Cabinet system to a Leader and Cabinet System
Council notes its decision, via a resolution of Council to operate an Elected Mayor and Cabinet form of Executive Governance arrangement in February 2012. Council notes that in the six years since then, many issues have changed, not least of which is the establishment and election of a Liverpool City Region Elected Mayor.
This Council believes it is now timely to review which form of executive Governance arrangements would best serve the residents of the city in future, ensuring continuous improvement in the discharge of the Council’s functions, having regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness as required by the Local Government Act 2000, as amended.
Council therefore calls upon the Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer and Chief Financial Officer to produce a full report to a special meeting of this council setting out the arguments for and against an elected mayor vs council leader model, a description of how a council leader form of executive arrangements might operate together with a detailed timetable outlining necessary steps to move to changed governance arrangements, including all necessary consultation and transitional arrangements.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Cllr Andrew Makinson