Lib Dems to Force Vote on Elected Mayor Role

Whether Liverpool has an elected Mayor or not should not be decided behind closed doors at a Labour meeting and used to settle factional differences in the Party. It should be a decision made by the people of Liverpool

In a move designed to put pressure on the Labour Group ahead of their Annual Meeting on Monday night the City Council’s Lib Dem Group are to submit a request to the incoming Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Brennan for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council to consider a motion to begin the consultation process necessary for the Council to make a final decision to remove the mayoralty later this year.

This is too important a decision to leave solely to the Labour Group to be used as part of factional infighting. How the governance of the city should be undertaken is rightly a matter for the people of Liverpool which must be fully consulted not only about the abolition of the elected Mayoralty but also about what they want to put in its place. Let’s not forget that the decision to introduce a mayoralty was taken by a private meeting of the Labour Party and has been bitterly resented by the people of Liverpool ever since.

Whilst I welcome the change of heart from Cllr O’Byrne I am surprised at her complete U-turn on this issue. In 2012 Cllr O’Byrne supported the move to a mayoralty. She benefitted from that decision for a number of years as Deputy Mayor with a nice little income. She voted against our motion at an Extraordinary Council Meeting last year when we again moved that the post be removed. Yet suddenly when it is time to launch a coup against Joe Anderson, she is using the issue as a stick to beat the Mayor. At least Joe Anderson is consistent whilst Cllr O’Byrne is all over the place.

The timing of the Extraordinary Meeting, which must be held, is at the discretion of the Lord Mayor in consultation with Leaders of the political groups within the Council.

The full text of the motion is appended.

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

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE             Cllr Andrew Makinson             Cllr Malcolm Kelly

Cllr Mirna Juarez                      Cllr Kris Brown                         Cllr Liz Makinson  

Cllr Carole Storey                      Cllr Kay Davies                          Cllr Barbara Mace   

Cllr Alan Tormey

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 seven 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 Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer and Chief Financial Officer to produce a full report to a special meeting of  this council setting out the differences between 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.

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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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