Steve Rotheram re-elected as Liverpool City Region Mayor

Steve Rotheram

Steve Rotheram has won a second term as Liverpool City Region Mayor.

Mayor Rotheram was today re-elected winning in the first round of voting – securing 198,726 votes, compared to his closest contender in the race, the Conservative candidate Jade Marsden, who won 66,702 votes in first preference votes.

In a tweet today, he said: “Massive thank you to everybody who has put your faith in me to continue as @UKLabour’s Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

“It’s a massive vote of confidence in the power of devolution and the work I’ve doen so far – now the government has to back further devo #NoOneLeftBehind.”

Mr Rotheram was backed by voters in the Merseyside boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, as well as Halton in Cheshire.

Steve Rotheram was elected as the first Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region on 5 May 2017 with 59% of the vote to lead the Combined Authority in its work to drive prosperity, encourage innovation and expand opportunities for people and communities in every part of our city region.

He has been re-elected for a three-year term after elections were delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It means he will once again sit at the top of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and take on the key strategic role to drive improvement and progress across the region.

It comes after Joanne Anderson became the firstly directly elected black female mayor in the UK, as Labour retained the Liverpool mayoralty after the resignation Jo Anderson — no relation — last month.

The former mayor withdrew from the ballot following his arrest last December linked to allegations of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

He was administratively suspended by the Labour Party in the wake of his arrest and release on police bail. He is no longer on police bail and has not been charged. He has vowed to clear his name.