Magazine article Public Finance

Redmond Calls for Merseyside Mayor

Magazine article Public Finance

Redmond Calls for Merseyside Mayor

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There should be a mayor for the whole Merseyside area not just the city of Liverpool, according to the campaigner and TV producer Phil Redmond.

In an interview with Public Finance ahead of his address to CIPFA's annual conference in July, Redmond revealed that he would have stood for election as mayor had the position covered the wider city-region.

'If the mayor had been for Merseyside it would have been more exciting and I would have gone for it myself,' he said.

Redmond described the question of where Liverpool begins and ends as the 'elephant in the room', noting that administrative boundaries had failed to keep up with population shifts.

'My family moved out of the city centre to Huyton, I went to school in Kirby, but to us thaf s the city. We're Scousers but we suddenly found ourselves in Lancashire, thenKnowsley,' he said.

"Youre got streets right round the city where one side is Liverpool and the other side is Knowsley or Seftoa'

Redmond said administrative boundaries should reflect communities of people, not just arbitrary population numbers. …

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