Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson leaked email attack on ECHO

By David Bartlett on Nov 27, 12 08:47 AM in Labour

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson wrote to Labour party members in the city to set out some "facts" about recent ECHO coverage.

Naturally the email was leaked.

The email is below. The context of this email was that it was sent after the ECHO revealed how the Labour party had removed the man who instigated the clear-up of transport authority Merseytravel from his job.

Cllr Joe Hanson, who represents the Kirkdale ward, in Liverpool, was also stripped of an advisory role to Mayor Joe Anderson.

It followed a disciplinary investigation into an email conversation he had with a constituent carer, Audrey O'Keefe, in which he said cabinet member for adult services Roz Gladden "hated" her.

As he makes clear in his email Mayor Anderson does not believe this is a matter of "real public interest".

He also believes that it was scurrilous for the ECHO to be looking into a story about one of his advisors Cllr Peter Brennan launching an outspoken attack on the city's five Labour MPs, which has been reported today.

Anyway, here is the full email from Joe Anderson to Labour party members:

From: Anderson, Joe (Mayor of Liverpool)
Sent: 14 November 2012 11:38
Subject: A Message from Joe Anderson

Dear all,

You might have read some reports in the Liverpool Echo this week, after we took disciplinary action against one of the Group's councillors. I just wanted to write to you, and to let you know the full facts of the case.

The matter reported in the Liverpool Echo (or the Oldham Echo, as it is also known) was an internal matter for the Labour Group of Councillors to deal with. It was dealt with in accordance with Labour Party rules. It was a group decision, taken collectively by all elected Labour councillors who had a vote on the matter. They have backed the action which has been taken. The councillor involved in the disciplinary issue has accepted this decision in full.

This is not a matter of real public interest. Do you think any members of the public would care if the Echo had to discipline one of its members of staff? It has been dealt with as an internal party matter, because it was nothing more than an internal party matter. It has now been dealt with, and as far as the Labour group councillors are concerned, the case is closed.

I am also aware that a local journalist is trying to whip up the public's interest in another 'story', claiming there is a lack of support for some of our MPs in Parliament among our councillors. Let me make this absolutely clear: all five MPs in Liverpool have the full and unequivocal support of myself and the whole Labour Group of Councillors. They are all massively busy people with busy diaries, dealing with casework and constituency issues whilst also campaigning against the cuts the Government is meting out right across the public services. Any suggestion they don't have the full support of our councillors for any reason whatsoever is wrong and inaccurate. I know some journalists in our city are scurrilous in the way they report 'news'. I'd urge you not to read too much into their latest big scoops aimed at distracting attention from the fact that, thanks to our leadership, we're building 12 new schools in the city, 5,000 new homes, and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the process.

Yours with best wishes,

Joe Anderson
Mayor of Liverpool

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Very interesting commentary on the control that JA seems to have over the entire council and his attitude to criticism and scrutiny.

The discipline of an ELECTED councillor is plainly PUBLIC interest.

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