Steve Rotheram's continuing ascent in Labour party and parliament
The influence of Walton MP Steve Rotheram continues to grow with his election to one of the Labour Party's most powerful policy setters after being elected to the National Executive Committee.
Once seen as a rival for the leadership of the party in Liverpool, Mr Rotheram has seen his stature continue on an upwards trajectory two years after his election to parliament.
For the uninitiated the NEC comprises of up to 32 members including leader Ed Miliband and deputy leader Harriet Harman as well as trade union officials, socialist societies and constituency party representatives.
Mr Rotheram secured more votes than Margaret Beckett MP, who led the party briefly following the death of former leader John Smith in 1994, and was only a few votes behind the so-called 'Beast of Bolsover', the left-wing MP Dennis Skinner - but all three secured places.
He said his election would ensure a strong voice for Merseyside in the decision making of the Labour high command.
"I'm pleased because it's a seat at the top table and it's a good position to be in because it will ensure Liverpool has a strong voice within the party."
Last month Mr Rotheram won a Total Politics award for best speech of the year for his powerful address on the Hillsborough disaster during a Parliamentary debate in October last year.
And he is also a member of the influential culture, media, and sport select committee.