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21 Jun 16

WOULD-BE METRO MAYORS WILL TAKE PART IN SPECIAL DEBATE AT IFB2016

Labour’s Liverpool City Region mayoral candidates are set to take to the floor at IFB2016 this week to outline their ambitions for the city region.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Walton MP Steve Rotheram, and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger will share their visions for the future of the city region at the special debate chaired by IFB2016.

The debate will take place on IFB2016’s central Blue Skies Stage at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool from 3.45pm to 4.45pm on Wednesday, June 22.

Festival delegates and members of the public can attend both events free of charge, and can register via Eventbright.

With the race for the Metro Mayor role hotting up, this is the first time all three Labour candidates will share a stage.

Chaired by BusinessCloud magazine editor and award-winning journalist Chris Maguire, the debate will see the candidates outline and debate their respective policies before answering questions from the audience.

The debate will be preceded by a special Blue Skies session entitled City CEOS – How Can Metro Mayors Help Cities Do Business? The session will take place on Wednesday, June 22 from 14.30pm to 15.30pm on the Blue Skies stage. It will feature Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, in conversation with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Ian Stuart Head of Commercial Banking HSBC UK & Europe and Michael Parkinson Executive Director, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice.

Ian McCarthy, IFB2016 Festival Director, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the first debate between Labour’s aspiring Liverpool City Region metropolitan mayors. The election of the city region’s Metro Mayor is one of the most critical decisions that the region’s electorate will need to make and IFB2016 provides a great platform for our candidates to lay out their policies and propositions and explore the benefits and opportunities presented by devolution for the city region.

“This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear first-hand from Labour’s candidates at a free and open event and I’d urge anyone interested in the future of our city region to sign up and take part.”

The creation of elected mayors is part of Chancellor George Osborne’s devolution agreements and Liverpool City Region’s winner will oversee a £900m investment fund.

The new position will be one of the most powerful political jobs outside London and is being created as a result of an agreement between the Government and local council leaders of Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Wirral to hand powers over from Westminster to the region.

Labour members will select their candidate with the result due to be announced early August.

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