Black former Labour councillor abused by party finally sees name on plaque commemorating position as Liverpool’s Lord Mayor
Anna Rothery, the independent councillor once favourite to be Labour’s candidate for Liverpool’s executive mayor until she was scandalously sidelined by the party early this year, finally saw her name added to City Hall’s commemorative plaque listing the city’s Lord Mayors last week.
But she was shocked to see her name sit below that of Peter Brennan, the former councillor who resigned as Lord Mayor and from the party after sharing a racist cartoon that showed a black man jumping on a car and a child saying to its mother ‘look at the monkey’. Rothery was sworn in to replace Brennan to serve out the rest of the term before serving another.
Cllr Rothery responded to a Twitter correspondent who questioned why Brennan’s name was still on the list given his abortive term and the scandal surrounding its end and responded that she had written to the city about it:
A close associate of Cllr Rothery told Skwawkbox:
It’s an insult to our black community in Liverpool and nationally and takes us back years in terms of our gains in the equality agenda.
Anna Rothery was a strong favourite to be selected as Labour’s candidate to stand for election as Liverpool’s executive mayor until she was sidelined without explanation – though the party subsequently admitted in court it was because she had spoken out about corruption in the Labour-run council – as Labour scrapped the shortlist and replaced three women with one inexperienced white man and an even more inexperienced black woman who had twice been bankrupt. Joanne Anderson was eventually elected but Labour lost a large portion of its majority.
Rothery later resigned from the Labour party citing its racism toward her, Keir Starmer’s failure to oppose and his war on members. She now sits as an independent councillor and intends to stand as an independent once her term finishes. She and other councillors hounded out of the party were shamefully manoeuvred recently out of any say in the council’s policymaking as Labour tries to weaken their position ahead of the elections.
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