Comments : Joe Anderson is voted the first Mayor of Liverpool
Voting for the first Mayor of Liverpool began at 7am and finished at 10pm on the 3rd May 2012 and once the votes were counted, it was announced on the 4th May that Joe Anderson was the winner with 58,448 votes, that’s over 50% of the ballot.
The Labour leader is now the most powerful politician in England outside of London and he signed a four year term of office in a special ceremony this morning on the 8th May.
Mayor Anderson pledged to deliver 5,000 new homes, 12 new schools and 20,000 new jobs with the £130million fund from the Government’s city deal.
In second place was Independent Liam Fogarty with 8,292 votes and the Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp finished third place with 6,238 votes. Mr Fogarty said he was humbled to come second out of a twelve candidates, ‘When you are up against some very well established parties with the organisation, resources and boots on the ground it’s always going to be a scrappy outsiders campaign.’
Mr Anderson had to deliver his first ever speech as Mayor over loud mocking and chanting from a handful of activists but he declared, ‘The future of this city is a bright one. It is not represented by fascists, they are people that do not represent this city. We will democratically defeat these fascists at the ballot box every time. That’s why they shout loudly now because people in this city have told them loud and clear to get stuffed.
Are you pleased or dissatisfied that Joe Anderson was voted the first Mayor of Liverpool?
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