The overwhelming favourite to become the first mayor of Liverpool City Region, Labour’s Steve Rotheram, has published his five-point manifesto with little over a month to go before polling.
The Liverpool Walton MP and 1/20 odds-on favourite – a £1.00 winning bet would return £1.05 – has set out actions around five priority areas under the headings “ambitious, fair, green, connected and together”.
Specific measures include calling on government to review the “unfair and detrimental impact of current tolling proposals for the Mersey Gateway Bridge”.
He pledges to ensure Liverpool is part of the high-speed rail network, not currently assured, and backs new stations for Liverpool Knowledge Quarter and direct services from Liverpool to North Wales through Wirral, currently a change in Birkenhead is required.
There are measures to promote skills and social inclusion to improve the chances for people in the city region who have not felt the effects of regeneration. Rotheram said his vision is driven by “fairness and social justice”.
- Read Steve Rotheram’s manifesto in full