Liverpool mayor: John Coyne publishes tax return and challenges other candidates to follow
It seemed almost inevitable that with what has happened in the London mayoral election, someone would suggest it in Liverpool.
Green party Liverpool mayor candidate John Coyne is the first off the mark to publish his tax returns and challenge other candidates to do the same.
"The Green Party has always been at the forefront of openness and transparency in politics and we will take the lead in
Liverpool," he said.
In 2009/10 Cllr Coyne, earned his councillor allowance of £10,044 and £4,322 from a pension. He paid £1,584 in tax.
The following year his income from the council jumped to £15,578 as a result of Cllr Coyne's additional council responsibilities in chairing the environment scrutiny committee.
It would have been about £3,000 higher, but Cllr Coyne has chosen not to claim the full amount he is entitled to from the council.
He said: "In 2010 the incoming Labour administration increased the number of scrutiny committees so the Green Party proposed that allowances for chairs of committees should be cut by around £3,000 to save money in difficult economic times.
He also received his personal pension of £4,325, and in 2010/11 he paid £2,998 in tax.
So who will be next?