Liam Fogarty would run in race for Liverpool's first directly elected mayor
The man leading Liverpool's campaign to have an elected Mayor has confirmed he will run for the office.
Liverpool is due to hold a referendum in May about whether it wants a mayor, and if the city votes yes Mr Fogarty said he will run.
Chair of A Mayor For Liverpool Liam Fogarty says he would run as an independent candidate with ambitious ideas for the city.
Mr Fogarty said: "Campaigning for an elected mayor I'm constantly being asked about my own intentions.
"It's only fair to make things clear ahead of May's referendum. Yes, I'd love the job.
"Liverpool is a big city with big challenges. We need big ideas so we can "raise our game" as a city.
"I have plenty of big ideas. I want to share them with the people of Liverpool and put them into action as their first elected Mayor."
"I've reported on Liverpool politics for almost 30 years. I've seen the in-fighting and the point-scoring that keeps dragging Liverpool down."