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David Bartlett

David Bartlett

David Bartlett is the Daily Post and Echo's City Editor and he writes about politics, regeneration, and urban affairs. He is also the editor of Dale Street Associates.
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Marc Schmid

Marc Schmid

Marc Schmid is head of communications for the UK's first shared communications service across local government and the NHS. He also runs Redmoor Communications which provides PR support for the voluntary sector and social enterprises.
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Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell

Hugh O'Connell is a journalist with TheJournal.ie. He has previously worked for BBC Radio 4, FIFA.com and Mercury Press Agency. He studied journalism at LJMU and is interested in UK, US, and Irish politics; international affairs and Liverpool FC amongst other things. He tweets at @oconnellhugh and very occasionally blogs at hughoconnell.com. You can email him at oconnell.hugh@gmail.com.
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Peter Ruddick

Peter Ruddick

Peter Ruddick studied politics at the University of Liverpool and is a broadcast journalist currently working abroad in Riga. He can be found on Twitter @ruddick, and his blog is thecommonsview.blogspot.com and Peter can be contacted on email at p.a.ruddick@gmail.com.
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Matt Finnegan

Matt Finnegan

Matt Finnegan is a former Manchester Evening News journalist and Director of Communications for Liverpool city council, who now runs a social enterprise, specialising in communications services. Follow him on Twitter @mattfinished, find him on LinkedIn. He can also be found at Matt Finnegan PR or Sound Communication.
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Stuart Haynes

Stuart Haynes

Stuart Haynes is the Media Manager for the Diocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral. He is also a recently ordained priest in the Church of England working part time in a parish in Ormskirk. He writes here in a personal capacity. Follow him on Twitter @StuartEHaynes.
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Marc Waddington

Marc Waddington

Marc Waddington is the Daily Post and Echo's Political Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @waddingtonpost.
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Alison McGovern

Alison McGovern

Alison McGovern is the Labour MP for Wirral South, elected in May 2010. She is also the Private Parliamentary Secretary to Gordon Brown and a member of the International Development Select Committee. Follow her on Twitter @alison_mcgovern, or visit her website or her Facebook page.
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Paul Clein

Paul Clein

Paul Clein is a pharmacist and Liverpool's ex-education supremo, he is also a former Liberal Democrat councillor.
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Alan Manning

Alan Manning

Alan Manning is North West regional secretary for the Trades Union Congress.
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Mr Brocklebank

Mr Brocklebank

Mr Brocklebank is a 200-year-old jaded regency gent who brings his sardonic eye to the follies and friperies of Liverpool town.
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Cath Bore

Cath Bore

Cath Bore is a writer of prose, and script for stage and screen. She is currently completing her debut (crime) novel The Missing Link, based in Liverpool featuring DS Constance Ward. On Tuesdays she joins Mick Coyle on City Talk 105.9 at 7.20am, then chats to Roy Basnett on Wire FM at 7.45am. You can follow her on Twitter @cathbore, read her own blog here or visit her website here.
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Richard Marbrow

Richard Marbrow

Richard Marbrow was a councillor for Kensington in Liverpool from 1998-2007 serving as Executive Member for Community Safety and Corporate Services during his term. He stood for Parliament in Riverside in 2001, 2005 and 2010 coming second every time. He has been a Liberal Democrat member since the party was formed in 1988 and works for Liberal Democrat Euro-MP Chris Davies. Richard lives in south Liverpool.
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Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is a lawyer and a Conservative, he blogs here and you can follow him on Twitter here.
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Blue Labourite

Blue Labourite

Blue Labourite has been a member of the Labour Party for more than two years. He wishes he could campaign more.
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Esther McVey

Esther McVey

Esther is Conservative MP for Wirral West and the Private Parliamentary Secretary to Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment. Esther is first Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997 and the only current Conservative in Merseyside.

Esther became an MP after a successful media and business career. You can visit her website here.
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Katie Oakes

Katie Oakes

Katie Oakes is a reporter for the Merseyside weekly newspapers covering Sefton politics, business and education. You can find her on twitter @katieoakes or contact her by email at katie.oakes@liverpool.com
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Stuart Wilks-Heeg

Stuart Wilks-Heeg

Stuart Wilks-Heeg is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool and Executive Director of Democratic Audit. Follow him on twitter at @stuartwilksheeg
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Samuel Coates

Samuel Coates

Samuel Coates - Samuel was involved in community projects and Conservative campaigning in Liverpool from a young age. He now works nationally and internationally as a political writer and comms strategist
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Jake Morrison

Jake Morrison

Jake Morrison is a Liverpool City Councillor for Wavertree ward. He became Liverpool's youngest ever Councillor after defeating Lord Storey in May 2011. He tweets at @JakeLabour. You can email him at jake.morrison@liverpool.gov.uk.
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David Bartlett

David Bartlett

City editor of the Post and Echo covering politics, regeneration, and urban affairs.
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