Mersey Metro Mayor – Carl Cashman’s manifesto launch

I had an enjoyable trip down to Prescot this morning to see Carl Cashman, the Lib Dem candidate to become Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, launch his manifesto. The venue was packed out and I only just managed to squeeze in.

Some great green policies and a realistic approach to housing need too. First time I have heard a senior politician acknowledge that environmental, planning and housing policy needs to be joined up rather than the present daft system where they are not joined up at all.

Carl’s backing for a tidal lagoon off Southport to produce clean energy was very welcome news.

He also spoke about the mad situation in the Maghull & Lydiate part of Sefton Borough where the very highest grades of agricultural land (the land that grows our food!) are to be built upon because of Labour-led Sefton Council’s Local Plan.

Carl is big on tackling disadvantage and poverty. He majored on buses and the need to stop the decline in local bus services which he obviously sees as being a big issue for those on low incomes who can’t afford to run cars. And on low incomes he wants to bring in a Merseyside Living Wage of £8.50 per hour which Merseyside employers would be incentivised to support. Nice to see someone who really wants to tackle poverty rather than just manage it.

What also struck me was the support that Carl clearly builds from virtually everyone who meets him particularly people who have previously felt that they did not have a voice amongst politicians.

As I have said before this young man is going places.

Carl Cashman for Mersey Metro Mayor

Carl Cashman

Cllr. Carl Cashman

Jen and I went to a campaign meeting for Lib Dem Mersey Metro Mayor candidate Carl Cashman last night in Liverpool’s Central Library.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

What a venue, this modern recreation of the library is wonderful; what a great place to meet.

It was a good meeting with a great cross-section of Lib Dem supporters, particularly good to see young people there too. Really nice to meet up with Fred Weavers, Nigel Ashton, Ian Smith, Phil Gilchrist and many others again.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

It’s already clear that Carl will be pressing home his advantage over Labour in a number of key areas. He’s firmly pro-EU and Merseyside voted to Remain. Of course Labour was Pro-EU but now it is backing Teresa May and UKIP’s Brexit! He is also big on green issues and Labour’s record on Merseyside of allowing Green Belt and the highest grade of agricultural land to be built on is terrible indeed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

There’s more to come from Carl, a young man who is fast building a core of support for his fresh approach to politics. Not surprisingly Carl is doing very well with young voters who are walking away from Labour because of its support for Brexit.

I have watched Carl grow myself and he’s quite a contrast to the tired old type of politicians who turn voters off. What’s more he is already Leader of the opposition on Knowsley Council. Watch this young man go places.

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Labour – City Mayor and would be Mersey Mayor having a little local difficulty!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/joe-anderson-blasts-steve-rotheram-12448385#ICID=FB-Liv-main

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

You just never used to see this; Labour was if nothing else a sealed unit when it came to internal disagreements especially here on Merseyside.

But what started off in Maghull, with more council resignations than you could count as Labour folk kicked lumps out of each other over a 5 year period, then recently spread to Prescot where more internal fall-outs have been taking place I understand. Now, at the very highest level on Merseyside, we see Liverpool’s top Labour man attacking in public the Labour chap who wants to be our first ever Mersey Metro Mayor.

It seems to me that Labour’s almost legendary internal discipline must have all but broken down. Maybe this is symptomatic of the very real internal struggles that Labour is going through nationally? Whatever the case I would never have expected Labour to do their disagreeing via the pages of the Liverpool Echo.

The sad part about this is that Labour’s bust up has been about housing the homeless, which should surely be a priority that we can all agree needs to be tackled.

Cllr. Carl Cashman the up and coming Lib Dem candidate to be Merseyside’s first elected Mayor must be taking great heart from this internal Labour bust up especially as it is on top of Labour losing seat after seat in local council by-elections across the UK. In Sunderland Sandhill yesterday the Labour vote collapsed by 29.9% in a local by-election for another Lib Dem gain!

Why I am backing Carl Cashman to be Merseyside Metro Mayor

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Yesterday I attended a hustings meeting at Dovedale Baptist Church Hall in Liverpool to hear prospective Lib Dem Mersey Metro Mayor candidate Carl Cashman speak. Carl is an impressive young man who seems to have that ‘X’ factor that many other politicians simply don’t.

So what are Carl’s assets? Well youth is one, being in his 20’s brings us a candidate unburdened by the baggage that many older politicians carry with them. He has a fresh perspective and one that folks seem to like.

Carl has not had a privileged upbringing; he was brought up a a Merseyside Council estate.

He is big on green issues and has been a thorn in Labour’s side as they keep trying to build on Green Belt and green spaces. This is a huge issue across Merseyside.

He’s already a Borough Councillor on Knowsley Council regularly taking on the appalling record of Labour in running that Council. This is the Council that was staring down into the abyss of potentially having no schools where young people could take A Levels recently!

He wants more social housing built. The Merseyside housing crisis is at it’s worst in terms of the supply of such properties.

He wants to find a way of improving the income of those living on the Minimum Wage. A Merseyside initiative to try to address our low wage culture – Why not give it a go?

The people of Prescot and Knowsley have taken this young man to their heart and I hope he gets selected as the Lib Dem Metro Mayor candidate so that more electors can find out why Carl Cashman is going places.

Oh and by the way, yes I know that the vast majority of us don’t want another politician running our lives but this new post (Merseyside Metro Mayor/Liverpool City Region Mayor) is being imposed on us in 2017 whether we want it or not.

It’s a result of the Tory Government and Merseyside Labour doing a second or even third rate deal which supposedly devolves significant powers to Merseyside from Whitehall. The powers are far too limited though and Westminster will still be calling the vast majority of the shots, surprise, surprise!

Carl wants to renegotiate that shabby deal so that we have real power over our own affairs locally. And he does not want power for himself but to push that power down to local communities wherever its possible to do so.

Carl is not a man to be told what to do by Westminster, neither is he a slave to a party political machine. Watch this young man go places.

Liverpool City Region needs a flag? What next!!!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/steve-rotheram-promises-flag-liverpool-11810925#ICID=sharebar_twitter

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well I have heard everything now. It’s as if Merseyside does not have enough challenges and problems to solve!

Let’s talk about educational attainment, public health, housing and the environment but not about whether we need a sub-regional flag.

Carl Cashman – Photos from his Merseyside Metro Mayor candidature launch event

Here are some photos from Carl Cashman’s Merseyside Metro Mayor launch event held in Prescot last Saturday:-

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Click on the photos to enlarge them – Photo above by Charlie Green

Kris Brown, Chair of Liverpool Lib Dems, introducing Carl Cashman

Kris Brown, Chair of Liverpool Lib Dems, introducing Carl Cashman

Carl making his launch speech to a packed out gathering of his supporters.

Carl making his launch speech to a packed out gathering of his supporters.

What struck me most about this launch event was the number of young people there. Politics can often be a place where the middle aged and elderly predominate but Carl is pulling young people into his campaign and that has to be good for our democracy and indeed the Liberal Democrats.

Here’s what the Liverpool Echo has to say about Carl – see link below.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/24-year-old-student-taking-11742719