Liverpool news 'Don't let this stop you' says ousted Cllr after mayoral chaos MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Cllr Ann O'Byrne has issued a lengthy statement after she was suddenly stopped from being part of the Liverpool Mayor application process
Breaking News ! One of Liverpool's ousted city mayor hopefuls has urged women to not be deterred from entering politics after all three female shortlisted candidates were suddenly shelved by the party. In a dramatic day yesterday, Labour reopened applications for its Liverpool mayoral candidate and told the three shortlisted candidates not to apply again for the role. It meant that Acting Mayor Wendy Simon, former Deputy Mayor Ann O'Byrne and current Lord Mayor Anna Rothery have been sidelined. This was after they were shortlisted, called in to be interviewed for a second time, before the process was suspended and the application mechanism restarted. Cllr Anna Rothery has already indicated her intention to take legal action, and now Cllr O'Byrne has spoken out. And she told any girls and women upset by the recent turn of events in the city: "Do not let this this moment stop you." Cllr Wendy Simon is the acting Mayor of Liverpool In a statement, Cllr O'Byrne said: "Today has been a tough day for the Labour movement in Liverpool. "Despite three women candidates having participated in a full interview process, the party called all three of us back for further interviews last week and then decided to remove all three women from the shortlist. "In spite of this I've been humbled by the level of support for our campaign to radically change the way politics is done in our city. Get a Liverpool Echo newsletter today The Liverpool Echo sends newsletters on a wide range of topics - including our daily news bulletin, now going out three times a day. There are others on what's on, politics, court news, Knowsley, Wirral, and arts & culture, as well as both Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the biggest stories, sent straight to your inbox. How to sign up for an Echo Email Update 1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link. 2) Put your email in the box where indicated 3) Tick as many boxes as you like, for each newsletter you want. 4) Press Save changes and that's it! "With the support of members, trade unions and citizens, we set out a strong vision for for a democratic fair and equal city. "We created a radical manifesto through our Human City events, drawing on national and international, and our own local experts, exploring different ways of thinking about the way we live, and the possibilities of meaningful systematic change. "Our manifesto is a document i'm incredibly proud of, I'm proud that it as united and inspired people around a progressive vision for municipal socialism, and that so many people within our party and trade union movement wanted to get involved in our campaign and pledged their support. "We'll continue to hold discussions around the Human City, and will have more events in the coming months. "And we'll continue working inside and outside the Labour Group, to implement the ideas in our manifesto. "Finally, I want to say to every girl and woman who is thinking of getting involved in politics, do not let this moment stop you.
." An email from Labour to its members described the sudden U-turn. It 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." It has been confirmed no previous candidate will be invited to apply. Liverpool's opposition parties responded by claiming Labour is 'finished as a credible leadership team' in the city and called for change after the chaos surrounding the party's mayoral selection process.
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Liverpool Green Party leader Cllr Tom Crone said: "The city has been left leaderless and rudderless. "Labour has suspended the sitting Mayor, has no confidence in the Acting Mayor to fill the post permanently and won’t back two other leading councillors to replace her. ‘A government inspector is currently trawling through the city's papers, Labour candidates for May’s election are dropping out without explanation. ‘Yet, this shambles of a party expects these councillors and their colleagues to still be making decisions on the council." He added: ‘We are in the middle of a health crisis and an environmental crisis with many people just clinging on to their jobs. Labour is finished as a credible leadership team on the council." Cllr Richard Kemp, the city's Liberal Democrat leader, said: "This is the Labour Party at their worst treating the people of Liverpool with absolute contempt. "Clearly Labour are looking for someone from outside the council group as every possible contender for the position inside the council either knew what the problems were and did nothing or didn't know what the problems were and should have done. "They arrogantly think that the people of Liverpool will just vote Labour out of habit. I can tell them now that they will have to fight us for every vote in every ward in the city."
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