Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson endorses Jane Kennedy for police and crime commissioner
His endorsement comes as hustings for the Labour nomination start tonight at the Devonshire House Hotel at 7pm.
On Wednesday there will be a hustings in Wirral, on Thursday in St Helens, and on Sunday 20th in Sefton.
But there will not be a hustings in Knowsley, where rival canidate Bill Weightman has a seat.
The contest is widely seen as being between Ms Kennedy and Peter Kilfoyle, although second preferences may dictate the outcome.
Mayor Anderson said: "Jane's experience in Northern Ireland makes her uniquely qualified for the role of Police Commissioner.
"We are fortunate to have a candidate who can work constructively with all agencies and partners for the good of the whole of Merseyside. I have worked with Jane for many years and have no hesitation in recommending her."