Steve Rotheram has become the second central government politician in as many days to win Labour members’ support to stand for new metro mayor positions, defeating Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to the nomination for the May 2017 election to head Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
On Tuesday, Leigh MP Andy Burnham won the Labour nomination for Greater Manchester.
Rotheram has been Liverpool Walton MP since 2010. He was previously a councillor in Liverpool. He beat Anderson and Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, in a vote of local Labour members.
The result was as follows: Round 1: Rotheram 2,029, Anderson 1,641, Berger 1,202. Round 2: Rotheram 2,670, Anderson 2,042. Turnout: 72%. (4,955 votes, 83 invalid).
Rotheram is one of Jeremy Corbyn’ aides in the House of Commons. Rotheram said: “Incredibly humbled to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor. Thank you to everybody who supported me.”
The Liverpool City Region comprises Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Halton.
Anderson said: “Heartbroken but determined to continue as Mayor to work for Liverpool and the greatest city region in the world.”
Candidates for the other main parties have yet to be announced.