Vox Political congratulates Steve Rotheram (Liverpool) and Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester) – and also Siôn Simon (West Midlands) on becoming the Labour candidates for these mayoralties.
Labour seems to be quite good at winning mayoral elections at the moment, and it certainly seems to This Writer that the party has chosen the right people for the job.
It is to be hoped that their campaigns will show that, far from being divided, Labour is the party that brings people together – in common cause.
The Labour party has selected the MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, as its candidate to fight the Liverpool city region mayoral election in May 2017.
Rotheram, who is Jeremy Corbyn’s private parliamentary secretary, won a decisive victory over the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger.
On Tuesday the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, was declared the party’s candidate in Greater Manchester and the local MEP Siôn Simon was announced for the West Midlands.
“I want to send a strong message to Theresa May,” said Rotheram following the announcement. “Prime minister, you may have backtracked on the idea of a northern powerhouse, but with Andy Burnham as the mayor of Greater Manchester and me as the metro mayor of the Liverpool city region, it’s our intention to create a north-west powerhouse.”
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