2021 Liverpool City Region mayoral election

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Turnout29.7% (Increase3.6%)
  First party Second party
 
Con
Candidate Steve Rotheram Jade Marsden
Party Labour Conservative
Popular vote 198,726 66,702
Percentage 58.3% 19.6%
Swing Decrease1.0% Decrease0.8%

  Third party Fourth party
 
LD
Candidate Gary Cargill David Newman[1]
Party Green Liberal Democrats
Popular vote 40,211 35,049
Percentage 11.8% 10.3%
Swing Increase6.9% Increase3.5%

Shows the winning candidate's majority (margin of victory) in each local authority.

Mayor before election

Steve Rotheram
Labour

Elected Mayor

Steve Rotherham
Labour

The second Liverpool City Region mayoral election will be held during 2021 to elect the mayor of the Liverpool City Region. This will be alongside other local elections across England and Wales including councillors, the mayor of Liverpool and police and crime commissioners across the city-region. The election was originally due to take place in May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Background

The position of Mayor of the Liverpool City Region was created in 2017 following a devolution deal between the UK government and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA). The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 required a directly elected metro mayor for combined authorities to receive additional powers from central government.[3] Under the terms of the devolution deal, the first mayoral term was set to last until 2020, followed by elections every four years.[4] The Liverpool City Region is defined as having six boroughs which includes the county of Merseyside (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) and the Borough of Halton.

In March 2019 Rotheram requested that the police and crime commissioner role for the Merseyside Police be incorporated into the role of the mayor of the Liverpool City Region. The request is in line with the powers the Greater Manchester and London mayors, who have authority and oversight over Greater Manchester Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, respectively.[5] This was supported by the leader of Knowsley Borough Council.[6] This would require the expansion of Merseyside Police to cover the Borough of Halton, which is in the boundaries of Cheshire Constabulary.[5] However, this did not happen.

Candidates

Conservative Party

Jade Marsden was selected as candidate for the Conservative Party. Marsden was previously the parliamentary candidate for both the Bootle and Sefton Central constituencies.[7]

Labour Party

The incumbent mayor, Steve Rotheram, was reselected as candidate for the Labour Party in August 2019 after receiving enough support from local Constituency Labour Parties.[8]

In January 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic affected the United Kingdom, mayor Rotheram made it a core pledge of his re-election campaign that he would "guarantee a job, training or an apprenticeship opportunity to every young person within six months of them becoming unemployed".[9][10]

Liberal Democrats

Former Lib Dem candidate Andy Corkhill stood down for health reasons
Former Lib Dem candidate Andy Corkhill stood down for health reasons

Andy Corkhill, councillor for Oxton, Wirral was originally selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate, but later withdrew because of health reasons so David Newman was selected to stand as the Lib Dem candidate. Andy Corkhill died in October 2021. [1][11][12][13] Newman lives in Southport and stood in Liverpool Walton at the 2019 general election.

Green Party

The Green Party candidate for Metro Mayor is Gary Cargill,[14] an actor who has appeared in several hit TV programmes and Hollywood films.[15]

Results

Liverpool City Region Mayor 6 May 2021 [16]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 198,736 58.33%
Conservative Jade Marsden 66,702 19.58%
Green Gary Cargill 40,211 11.80%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 35,049 10.29%
Labour hold

Results by Local Authority

Halton

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, Halton
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 12,642 55.57%
Conservative Jade Marsden 5,529 24.31%
Green Gary Cargill 3,129 13.76%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 1,448 6.37%

Knowsley

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, Knowsley
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 19,504 68.19%
Green Gary Cargill 4,467 15.62%
Conservative Jade Marsden 2,861 10.00%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 1,770 6.19%

Liverpool

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, Liverpool
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 65,955 65.85%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 15,577 15.55%
Green Gary Cargill 11,459 11.44%
Conservative Jade Marsden 7,176 7.16%

Sefton

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, Sefton
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 36,967 55.01%
Conservative Jade Marsden 16,920 25.18%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 7,938 11.81%
Green Gary Cargill 5,379 8.00%

St Helens

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, St Helens
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 19,622 51.95%
Conservative Jade Marsden 9,402 24.89%
Green Gary Cargill 5,997 15.88%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 2,749 7.28%

Wirral

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021, Wirral
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Steven Rotheram 44,046 52.31%
Conservative Jade Marsden 24,814 29.47%
Green Gary Cargill 9,780 11.61%
Liberal Democrats David Newman 5,567 6.61%

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Southport's David Newman selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for Metro Mayor". 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Local elections postponed for a year over coronavirus". BBC News. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Everything you need to know about metro mayors: an FAQ". Centre for Cities. 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ Walker, Jonathan (19 July 2016). "West Midlands mayor to be elected on May 4 2017". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Liam Thorp (22 March 2019). "Steve Rotheram: 'Scrap Police Commissioner and give me the job'". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. ^ Nick Tyrrell (21 March 2019). "Knowsley Council leader backs getting rid of separate police and crime commissioner role after latest resignation". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Jade Marsden - Conservative candidate for Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2021".
  8. ^ Thorp, Liam (1 August 2019). "Steve Rotheram selected by Labour to fight for second term as Metro Mayor". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. ^ Rotheram, Steve. "Steve Rotheram: I'll build a city region where no one is left behind". LabourList. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. ^ Bunn, Jon (4 May 2020). "Impatience, frustration and funding: Rotheram on his first term". Local Government Chronicle (LGC). Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Councillor details - Councillor Andy Corkhill". democracy.wirral.gov.uk. 8 February 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Andy Corkhill selected by Lib Dems for Liverpool City Region Mayor". Mark Pack. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  13. ^ "David Newman".
  14. ^ "2021 Elections". Liverpool Green Party. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Gary Cargill screen credits". IMDB.com. IMDB. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Mayor of the Liverpool City Region". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2021.