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Liverpool Starts Race for New Council Leader

Magazine article Public Finance

Liverpool Starts Race for New Council Leader

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Four candidates are vying to be the new leader of Liverpool City Council following the resignation of Mike Storey, who has been found guilty of breaking the councillors' code of conduct.

The Liberal Democrat group will meet to elect a new leader on December 5. Cabinet member for leisure Warren Bradley; former lord mayor Eddie Clein; his brother, member for children's services Paul Clein; and housing lead Flo Clucas have all thrown their hats into the ring.

Richard Kemp, the leader of the Local Government Association's LibDem group and a Liverpool councillor, has ruled himself out of the race.

Whichever candidate is elected group leader will be confirmed as Liverpool's new leader at a full council meeting on December 7.

The vacancy has arisen because Storey stood down from the job on November 25 after the Standards Board for England found that he had sought improperly to influence an officer working for the authority in order to undermine Liverpool's chief executive, Sir David Henshaw.

The row centres on allegations that Storey colluded with head of communications Matt Finnegan, who remains suspended, to try to force Henshaw out of his job. …

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