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Mayor of Liverpool

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Mayor of Liverpool
Joe Anderson

since 5 May 2012
StyleNo title
AppointerElectorate of Liverpool
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderJoe Anderson

The Mayor of Liverpool is the executive mayor of the City of Liverpool in England.[1] The incumbent is the former Leader of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, of the Labour Party. The Mayor of Liverpool is no longer branded 'the most powerful politician in England outside the capital', since metro-mayors were elected in 2016. [2][3]

During 2012, Liverpool City Council decided at a council meeting to adopt the elected mayor executive arrangements, bypassing the typical practice of a local referendum as was planned that year in other cities.

On 5 May 2012, Joe Anderson became Liverpool's first elected mayor.

Role and powers of the mayor

The mayor is elected by the residents of Liverpool for a four-year period and is responsible for executive functions of Liverpool City Council and for the day-to-day running of the organisation. They are charged with leading the city, building investor confidence, and directing new resources to economic priorities. The mayor does not have responsibility for setting the Council budget or formulating policy framework plans as this remains with the city council. The mayor must appoint a cabinet of two or more councillors (also called the "Executive") who do not have to be from the same political party.[4][5][6][7] The mayor decides on the size of the cabinet and to what extent executive functions may be delegated. The mayor also benefits from so called 'soft powers' conferred on them by being directly elected, which enables them to influence, persuade and co-ordinate on a wider scale.[8]

The Mayor of Liverpool is entitled to sit on the proposed "Cabinet of Mayors", along with the other directly elected mayors in England and Wales. Such a position allows a direct route to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers. Cabinet meetings will be held at least twice a year offering the opportunity to discuss local issues with decision-makers in Whitehall.[9]

Mayor for Liverpool City Region

A number of commentators[who?] had expressed disappointment[vague] that the Mayor's remit does not cover the entire metropolitan area of Liverpool, or the Liverpool City Region. A 2011 report by former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine and Terry Leahy argued that a directly elected mayor should cover the six districts of the Liverpool City Region. The report argued that "in marketing terms Liverpool is a world class brand" and "it would be perverse to do other than embrace the wider area within an identity recognised across the globe."[10]

After opposition from the boroughs of Wirral, St Helens and Sefton,[11][12][13] the idea of a city region mayor was dropped. Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, ruled out the move as "too difficult for now", citing the need for fresh primary legislation and a reorganisation of local government boundaries as practical barriers to the concept.[14]

In November 2015, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority agreed to a devolution deal with government that resulted in the creation of a 'metro mayor' for the city region. Elections were held in 2017, and Steve Rotheram was elected.[15]


The supplementary vote system
The supplementary vote system

The mayor is elected by the supplementary vote system for a period of four years. Each voter lists both a first and second choice candidate. If no-one gets more than 50% of the vote the second choices are allocated to the top two candidates.[16]


Liverpool Mayoral Election 5 May 2016 [17]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Joe Anderson 51,332 52.6%
Liberal Democrats Richard Kemp 20,598 21.1%
Green Tom Crone 10,609 10.9%
TUSC Roger Bannister 4,950 5.1%
Independent Alan Hutchinson 3,964 4.1%
Conservative Tony Caldeira 3,533 3.6%
English Democrat Paul Duane Rimmer 2,590 2.7%
Turnout 97,576 30.9%
Labour win


Liverpool Mayoral Election 3 May 2012 [18]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Joe Anderson 58,448 59.33%
Independent Liam Fogarty 8,292 8.42%
Liberal Democrats Richard Kemp 6,238 6.33%
Green John Coyne 5,175 5.25%
TUSC Tony Mulhearn 4,792 4.86%
Liberal Steve Radford 4,442 4.51%
Conservative Tony Caldeira 4,425 4.49%
UKIP Adam Heatherington 2,352 2.39%
English Democrat Paul Rimmer 1,400 1.42%
Liverpool Independent Party Jeff Berman 1,362 1.38%
BNP Mike Whitby 1,015 1.03%
National Front Peter Tierney 453 0.57%
Labour win

List of Mayors

Political party Name Entered office Left office
Labour Joe Anderson 5 May 2012 Incumbent


The Mayor of Liverpool was paid £77,039.89 in 2012-13.[19] Since 2013, he has been paid £79,500 per annum,.[20][21] An independent panel of experts[who?] had recommended that the Mayor's salary should be closer to £80,000[when?] which is intended to reflect the size and population of the city, as well as the role and responsibilities associated with the position both in terms of the executive functions and proposing and implementing of key strategic plans.[22][23]


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  11. ^ Geoff Barnes (9 September 2011). "A Merseyside mayor ruling over Wirral blasted as 'madcap idea'". Wirral Globe. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  12. ^ "St Helens' Labour party object to city region mayor bid". St Helen's Star. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Plan for elected Merseyside mayor comes under attack". Southport - Online News. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Liverpool's referendum on elected Mayor confirmed for May 3 2012". 17 November 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Liverpool 'metro mayor' results: Labour's Steve Rotheram elected". BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  16. ^ "How the votes are counted - Liverpool City Council". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  17. ^ "Election results for Whole District Mayoral Election - Thursday, 5th May, 2016". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  18. ^ Topping, Alexandra (4 May 2012). "Labour's Joe Anderson elected Liverpool mayor". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Liverpool City Council - Mayor and Councillors' Allowances 2012-13" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Liverpool City Council - Mayor and Councillors' Allowances 2013-14" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Liverpool City Council - Mayor and Councillors' Allowances 2014-15" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson rejects £80,000 salary recommendation for lower wage". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  23. ^ "Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson to take £66,000 salary". BBC Liverpool. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
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