Outrage as Labour North West bans candidates from Liverpool mayoral elections

Outrage as Labour North West bans candidates from Liverpool mayoral elections

Labour North West has barred all three shortlisted candidates for the Liverpool mayoral elections, leaving many voters confused and angry.

Shortlisted candidates acting mayor Wendy Simon, current lord mayor Anna Rothery, and former deputy mayor Ann O’Byrne were supposed to be competing for Joe Anderson’s vacated position from last week.

Instead, an email sent to Labour party members announced the application process would be reopened. According to the Liverpool Echo, no previous candidates are invited to apply.

“The right candidate”

The email sent to voters said:

The role of Liverpool Mayor is a high profile and hugely important figure. The people of Liverpool deserve a Labour Mayor and the Labour Party needs to select the right candidate who can deliver an election win, stand up against the Conservatives, lead Liverpool out of the coronavirus crisis and fight for the regeneration and the resources that the city desperately needs.

After careful consideration, the Labour Party has determined that applications for the position should be re-opened in order to allow the Liverpool Labour membership to choose from an alternative shortlist of candidates.

The three original candidates were reportedly not informed of the decision before the email was sent.

The decision has been met with disbelief by many people, particularly supporters of Anna Rothery. Rothery has received support from across the Labour party, including from MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Zarah Sultana, and from mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees.

Wendy Simon has been serving as acting mayor of Liverpool since previous Labour mayor Joe Anderson stepped down in December 2020. Anderson stepped down after being arrested under suspicion of conspiring to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

Many people have accused Labour North West of making the decision to remove left wing candidates.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Rwendland

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