April 2012 Archives

At the end of last week, I gathered information from 81 kind individuals who responded to my short internet survey on the mayoral campaign. I have no idea who the respondents were, so if you did submit a completed questionnaire, I'm very grateful.

In this post, the first of two on what conclusions we can draw from the survey, I summarise the main findings with regard to the official mayoral election booklet produced and circulated by Liverpool City Council.

The mayoral election booklet In Liverpool has been the subject of a row over censorship claims, but there have also been wider questions raised about whether the cost of such publications can be justified in mayoral elections generally. Given these concerns, it seems important to ask whether the material contained in the election booklets appears to be of value to electors.

Independent Liverpool mayor candidate is today setting out why he believes he is the only credible alternative to frontrunner Labour's Joe Anderson.

Now we are in the final furlong of the race to become mayor Fogarty is going for one final push.

"Cllr Anderson is the odds-on favourite. His people are clearly taking no chances, with some areas now getting their fourth Labour election leaflet through the letterbox. But I truly believe that if anyone can give Joe a run for his money it's me."

There are just four days of campaigning left in the inaugural Liverpool mayor election.

As you would expect the Post and Echo will be live blogging the count from around 10pm on Thursday. You will be able to follow the action here or on our main websites.

Because voters have two choices it is not that easy to accurately predict what time a result might come through, although the consensus seems to be that it will be 2am or 3am at the earliest.

The live blog will also be updated with news from local election counts across the region.

It will return on Friday to bring you the results of Liverpool and Warrington councils which are counting on Friday.

ONE of Liverpool's longest-serving councillors passed away this weekend.

Liberal Democrat stalwart Vera Best had recently resigned her Allerton and Hunts Cross seat due to ill health.

Deputy leader Richard Kemp said he was "very sorry" to learn of the passing of a councillor of "25 years' standing".


Jane Kennedy and Peter Kilfoyle are continuing to roll out the big guns in their race to win the Labour nomination for Merseyside police and crime commissioner.

In the past week Mrs Kennedy has secured the support of former Home Secretary David Blunkett, while Mr Kilfoyle has unveiled shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and man of the moment Tom Watson.

Voting hasn't officially started yet, so it would be interesting to know what the views of the 5,000 Labour party members who will ultimately decide are.

ann_o'byrne.jpgJoe Anderson has just presided over his last cabinet meeting as Liverpool council leader.

Baring any last minute upsets in a week's time he is likely to be starting the first hours of his four year term as Liverpool's first mayor.

There are rumours of a possible cabinet re-shuffle, but he is keeping his cards to his chest.

Well apart from telling Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing and community safety, that her place is safe.

Liverpool has the most candidates per seat of any metropolitan council where a third of seats are being contested.

There is an average of 5.77 candidates per seat, and that even takes into account the fact the Liberal Democrats are not standing in five seats.

The stat was picked out by blogger Kristofer Keane, who can follow him on Twitter HERE.

Why Southport's got the hump

By Katie Oakes on Apr 26, 12 12:17 PM in

Up in Southport, there's a storm a-brewing.

More than 2,000 businesses, homeowners and drivers have, if you'll pardon the pun, got the hump...BIG TIME.

One of the most common arguments made in favour of elected city mayors is that they promote both greater democratic engagement and more direct democratic accountability.

Supporters of elected mayors say that voters are far more likely to know the name of an elected mayor than a council leader (there is some evidence to support this) and that directly electing a city leader generates greater interest in local elections, driving up turnout (there is no evidence to support this).

Among those of us who have followed the Liverpool mayoral election closely, there seems to be a consensus that the campaign has been a low-key one so far.

But what do the voters make of it?

I'm trying to get some indication of how engaged electors are with the campaign so far using a very short on-line survey. If you are a Liverpool resident and eligible to vote, I'd be grateful for your feedback. The survey is anonymous, only takes a few minutes to complete and does not ask about who you might vote for.

Please follow this link if you'd like to take part. I'll post the results and some analysis on this blog when I have enough responses.

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