Well the good people of Liverpool have an opportunity to rid themselves of Joe Anderson on May 5th and Cllr. Richard Kemp has published his manifesto offering a new and positive start for this proud City. Please click the link above to read about Richard’s priorities for the City.
Probably the most important thing about this particular mayoral election is that a new Mayor is elected as in my view Joe Anderson has not done Liverpool any favours during his tenure.
Frankly, Liverpool Labour Party should have bitten the bullet and picked a new candidate to fly their flag.
I am more than happy to say that I feel Richard would make an excellent Mayor of Liverpool.
Richard Kemp – Because Liverpool Deserves Better
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above
As a former trade union officer it is clear to me that Joe’s trade union should have shouldered the burden of fighting any tribunal case. What on earth has it to do with his present employer the City of Liverpool? Did his union decline to fight the case? If so why? This is what my fellow Lib Dem Councillor Richard Kemp thinks:-
Liverpool City Lib Dem leader Cllr Richard Kemp has reacted angrily and says Mayor Anderson should pay the money back.
He said: “This is an absolute scandal. There is absolutely no justification in using council money to satisfy a private problem of an individual politician. Even if there was, the figures don’t add up. The dispute was about £4,000 per year. It would take 22 years to get the money back even if Anderson had won.
“If I asked every single elector in Liverpool what the £89,000 should be spent on, not one would say the Mayor’s private legal fees. This would pay for a year for 18 of the lollipop ladies that the council has laid off or moderate care costs for 20 elderly people at a time when our social services are being eviscerated by government cuts.
“Mayor Anderson should now do the decent thing and pay the money back.”
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
I begin to wonder if Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson can’t see how he looks to the wider world? No good was ever going to come of this and no good has come of it.
Check out the Southport Visitor’s take on the matter as well – see link below:-