Joanne Anderson is the Labour candidate to become mayor of Liverpool in May. According to Labour insiders, she was selected by just 1,833 votes to 921, meaning a turn-out of only 38% among the city’s roughly 7,000 party members.
Anderson faced controversy after the fact was revealed that she has been declared bankrupt twice. Locals say that copies of her most recent bankruptcy notice are already being circulated by political opponents.
At least one independent candidate has declared his candidacy. Charity founder Stephen Yip, who quit Labour over the Iraq war, has said that he does “not feel that the Labour party in Liverpool is able or willing to make the changes required to address the problems that this city faces” and that the city faces “a battle to safeguard our democracy”. The disenchantment of locals with the recent conduct of the party, in particular the deselection without explanation of the first three women councillors shortlisted, means that Anderson may face a bigger challenge than usual in what has been until now a staunch Labour city.
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