City will now hold ‘consultation’ instead of promised binding vote
Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson has taken a leaf out of Keir Starmer’s (overstuffed) book by u-turning on the council’s commitment to hold a referendum of the city’s voters next year on the future of the executive mayoral role.
Labour insiders have told Skwawkbox that the referendum has been abandoned for a non-binding ‘consultation’ instead, with the approximately £450,000 cost of a referendum being blamed for the change – not that the cost would have altered much between the council’s decision to hold one and now.
Anderson had previously campaigned to abolish the executive mayor’s role and, despite winning the position she said she would do so again, telling BBC Radio Merseyside that,
I’ve said I’d campaign to sack myself, and that’s what I would do.
In fact, after Anderson was elected the council said it was looking at bringing the referendum forward to this year instead of waiting until 2023 – but now the people of Liverpool are being fobbed off with a mere ‘consultation’ that the council and the mayor will claim they are free to ignore if the outcome is inconvenient.
Joanne Anderson was elected mayor on the second round of votes in a normally dyed-Labour city after becoming candidate under controversial circumstances when Labour scrapped a shortlist of three women councillors including a popular black woman and imposed a new shortlist of Anderson and a 25-year-old male councillor in what many saw as a move to ensure Anderson’s selection.
Since then, Keir Starmer and the Labour right have waged war on Liverpool, expelling and sidelining left-wingers and imposing right-wing candidates.
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