The Liverpool Elections For City Mayors Has Been Delayed Until 2021 Due To Health Concerns Over The COVID-19 Pandemic
City of Liverpool Mayoral Election
The Liverpool Mayoral Elections have been postponed until Thursday 6th May 2021, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The elections are for the positions Mayor of the City of Liverpool and Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, alongside filling the role of Police & Crime Commissioner for the Region and the election of local Councillors.
The role of the City of Liverpool Mayor it to represent the central-most Borough in the Region which includes Liverpool City Centre and a population of 500,000 Liverpudlians. The role is quite recent as it was only introduced in 2012, with Mayor Joe Anderson being directly elected for two consecutive terms.
Joe Anderson was given the green-light by Liverpool City Council to run for a third term as City of Liverpool Mayor.
Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election
The current Mayor of the Liverpool City Region is Mayor Steve Rotheram that has held the role since 2017 and is the first individual to hold the position.
The uptake for the new position of Liverpool City Region Mayor has been met positively, gaining 171,167 votes cast out of just over 1.5 million people.
Even though this number may be seen as a fairly low number, 1/8 of the Liverpool population voted for a City-wide mayor that will have greater powers and a greater sense of what Liverpudlians want with devolved abilities that offer a more tailored approach to local issues by people who live in the area.
The intention behind these devolved Local Mayors are so that locals are able to make meaningful changes compared to Central Government in London trying to resolve issues in which they have less of an understanding of as they do not experience those various difficulties on a local, day-to-day level.
The position first went to the polls on the 5th May 2017, with Steve Rotheram winning 59% of the vote. The Liverpool City Region Mayor is to represent and work on improving the lives of Liverpudlians across the city's six boroughs, including; The City of Liverpool and the Boroughs of Wirral, Sefton, Halton, St. Helens and Knowsley.