Rotheram launches re-election bid
Steve Rotheram, incumbent metro mayor of Liverpool City Region and Labour’s candidate for May’s election, has published a manifesto with five key campaign promises.
In an online speech streamed this morning, Rotheram said that his manifesto would see “no one left behind”. His campaign’s key planks are:
- £150m Covid Recovery Fund to fund projects that will power our economic recovery and create new jobs for local workers.
- A Young Person’s Guarantee: a guaranteed job, training or apprenticeship opportunity for every school leaver out of work for more than six months.
- A London-style transport system: bringing together our buses, trains, ferries and cycling routes together – under local control – to provide a genuine alternative to the car, including contactless payments, daily fare caps and new Merseyrail stations.
- A Green Industrial Revolution: a plan to reach net-zero by 2040 or sooner, double the number of green jobs in the city region, and continue to develop the transformative Mersey Tidal project.
- A digitally connected city region: complete the installation of a comprehensive ultra-fast broadband network to all six areas of the city region and support programmes to tackle digital exclusion.
Opponents facing off against Roheram on 6 May will include Jade Marsden for the Conservatives and Gary Cargill for the Green Party. The candidates spoke of their ambitions in various key areas at Place North West’s recent mayoral debate event. David Newman will contest the position for the Liberal Democrats.
Rotheram said that achievements over the past four years include leading the city region’s response to Covid-19, “taking on Boris Johnson and the Government” to win more funding and support; securing more than £300m in extra funding for transport, skills and tackling homelessness since 2017; and public transport including the first new Merseyrail station in 20 years.
He also said that £48m has been committed to school and college projects.
Rotheram concluded: “As Metro Mayor my number one priority has always been to stand up for everyone, in every part, of our great city region.
“Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, I’ve stood up for our region, taking on Boris Johnson and the Government to win more funding and support for our councils. I’ve also invested more than £40m to keep the local economy afloat and put together exciting plans to help the region recover.
“If I’m re-elected, I’ll deliver a £150m Covid recovery fund, double the number of green jobs in our region and work to build a London-style transport system with more local control. In this election we need to send a message to the Government that they need to support areas like ours as we rebuild from coronavirus.”