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Posted by: John Brace | 14th December 2015

Cllr Phil Davies stands down as Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Phil Davies stands down as Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

                                                           

Councillor Phil Davies chairing a meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority earlier this year

Councillor Phil Davies chairing a meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority earlier this year

This morning the dramatic news that Cllr Phil Davies is stepping down as Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was made public. In a statement Cllr Phil Davies said, "I felt now was the right moment to rebalance my time in favour of my duties as Wirral Council Leader."

Councillor Phil Davies (Leader of Wirral Council pictured above) has been Chair since the Combined Authority’s since the first meeting of the Combined Authority on April Fool’s Day in 2014. Those with long memories will remember that Mayor Joe Anderson (pictured below) expected to be elected Chair at that meeting and was unhappy at how Cllr Phil Davies was elected.

Mayor Anderson was elected Mayor of Liverpool in 2012 and is expected to be the Labour candidate in an election for a second term of office as Liverpool’s Mayor in 2016. As a result of the devolution deal announced last month, there will be a public election for the Mayor of Merseyside in May 2017. Mayor Anderson has announced his intention to seek the Labour nomination for Mayor of Merseyside and if he is elected Chair of the Combined Authority at Friday’s meeting this will help his chances.

Mayor Joe Anderson speaking at a meeting of Liverpool City Council (8th April 2015)

Mayor Joe Anderson speaking at a meeting of Liverpool City Council (8th April 2015)

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  1. I think Combined Merseyside Authority is a better name!

    • As the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area also covers Halton (in Cheshire) it’s a bit bigger than just Merseyside.


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