October 2012 Archives

Next week Liverpool council will debate the Hillsborough Independent Panel report's outcomes for the first time.

Political differences have been set aside by Labour Mayor Joe Anderson, Liberal Democra leader Richard Kemp and Green leader Sarah Jennings and a 16-point motion will be approved.

Read the full motion below:

Paula_Keaveney_pcc.jpgLIBERAL Democrat police commissioner candidate Paula Keaveney said one of her key tasks in the role would be to make communities take a bigger hand in law and order.

University lecturer Ms Keaveney, who was leader of Liverpool's Liberal Democrat group until May this year, said the wall of silence in some areas needed to be broken down.

She added: "When I first moved into the area I live in I would see written on the walls that so-and-so was a 'grass'.

COUNTING for the Merseyside Police and Crime Election will take place the day after the poll.

Counting will start at 9.30am on Friday, November 16 across the five Merseyside local authorities.

But the overall collation of results will be coordinated at Liverpool Tennis Centre where the declaration of result will take place.

Today we've reported how a high court judge is set to preside over new inquests for the 96 who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said he expected a Yorkshire coroner to ask a high court judge to oversee the re-run of the inquests that originally returned an 'accidental death' verdict.

In a letter to Birkenhead MP Frank Field he also all but confirmedthat the families would not have to pay their own legal costs saying that government would wish to ensure that the inquests are "properly funded".

Below is the letter:

Hilary_Jones.jpgEX-policewoman Hilary Jones - the UK Independence Party's candidate to be police commissioner - said she will cut the red tape that keeps officers off the streets.

Serving magistrate Mrs Jones, who also spent time in the Women's Royal Army Corps, said she believed too much police time was spent on paperwork rather than frontline policing.

She said: "I am not criticising the bobbies but the system currently in place keeps constables off the streets and stuck behind desks dealing with paperwork.

"At one stage of my career I worked as a fines enforcement officer for Wirral Magistrates Court but these days many offenders are just given a caution and not even charged.

NS.jpgThe first ever Liverpool Knowledge Festival ended this weekend.

The Festival was two weeks of events supported by the city's three universities, Liverpool Science Park, economic growth agency Liverpool Vision and the Royal to celebrate Liverpool's knowledge economy.

Not only does Liverpool's knowledge economy contribute £1billion to our economy, but we employ more people in science and technology in the city than in Cambridge.

geoff_gubb.jpgBUSINESSMAN Geoff Gubb said that despite being the Conservative candidate for Merseyside police commissioner, he is his own man and will put the people before party politics.

Mr Gubb, who joined the Toxteth Conservatives at the age of 18 and now runs an emergency planning consultancy firm on the Wirral, said he believed that with him in the role the people of the region would have someone on their side who would voice their concerns about the relationship between communities and the police.

He said: "I want to try to prevent crime, but then, how do you prevent crime? The community is the first port of call for police to gain information, but in certain parts of Merseyside that relationship has broken down.

Eagle_McGovern_Rotheram.jpgMerseyside MPs are continuing to make their mark in Westminister with three shortlisted in the prestigious House Awards.

Maria Eagle (Garston MP) is nominated for opposition frontbencher, Steve Rotheram (Walton) is in the rising star category, and Alison McGovern (Wirral South) for backbencher of the year.

Their nominations read as such:

YAAAWN! Excuse Mr Brocklebank, did he just yawn? He meant to say it's the Police Commissioner elections next month. Yawn.

Concerns that the poll will generate a low turnout will hardly be addressed by the first bit of electioneering the three main candidates undertook last week - that being to a Town Hall full of 13 to 16-year-olds, who, like most other people, will not be voting.

Veteran TV anchorman Jim Hancock presided over the event, in which Jane Kennedy (Labour), Paula Keaveney (Liberal Democrat) and Geoff Gubb (Conservative) debated (refreshingly cordially, Mr B must say) the crime-related issues most affecting young people on Merseyside.

joe_anderson_election_2012.jpgAS POLITICAL promises go, vowing to resign if just 15% of people in Liverpool demand your resignation is pretty wild.

As my colleague Marc reports today Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson last night sensationally vowed to resign if 60,000 city residents called for him to go.

He made the promise at a mayoral scrutiny meeting last night.

As it turns out the likelyhood of anyone managing to get 60,000 names on a petition are pretty slim.

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