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Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.


Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram provided Members with an update on his recent activities and key developments since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority and in doing so welcomed Halton Borough Council’s new Chief Executive, Stephen Young to his first Combined Authority meeting.


The Metro Mayor also reported that this would be the last meeting in which Deputy Portfolio Holder Councillor Louise Whitley would be in her role, explaining that she would be retiring as a Councillor and wished her all the best for the future. 


The Metro Mayor explained that last month, he had joined the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the UK’s first ever Mayoral trade mission to Ireland supported by the Department for International Trade. He reported that the delegation had received a tremendous reception whilst over there and were very kindly looked after by the President (the Uachtaráin), the Taoiseach, the Tanaiste and members of the Irish government. The delegation had also visited Belfast and a number of innovative businesses which may present opportunities for collaborations in low carbon technologies. The Metro Mayor also noted that officers were continuing conversations with the businesses the delegation had met to identify potential future investment and trade opportunities and reciprocal meetings would be arranged in the North West later in the year.


The Metro Mayor reported that during March, the Good Business Festival had finally come to fruition as an ‘in-person’ event after so many false starts due to Covid. He praised the event recognising that it provided a fantastic opportunity to be able to meet with businesses ‘face-to-face’ and to put the focus of ‘ethical business’, at the heart of the discussions.


The Metro Mayor was equally very grateful that the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner had invited him to visit the brand-new Merseyside Police headquarters, which was a state-of-the-art workplace. 


On the 18 March, the Metro Mayor and several hundred other people, had attended a memorial service in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to celebrate and remember the life of the late, great Gerry Marsden who sadly passed away  in early 2021 during the covid lockdown. The Metro Mayor explained that Gerry was a close personal friend of his and also a fantastic ambassador for the City and City Region and he was dearly missed. The Metro Mayor explained that later this month the Ferry Terminal would be renamed after Gerry, in his honour.


Prior to the Memorial Service, the Metro Mayor had attended a demonstration outside the Port of Liverpool to show his support and solidarity with P&O workers who had been sacked without notice or consultation. The Metro Mayor hoped that the Government would carry out their threats to take legal action against P&O. He stated that these practices had absolutely no place in the City Region and that he would continue to advocate for those affected.


The Metro Mayor explained that the Innovation Prospectus had been launched in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 26 April and had been attended by a significant number of the City Region MPs. He thanked the MPs for their continued support in trying to encourage the Government to support the Innovation Pipeline.


The Metro Mayor reported that yesterday had also been a poignant date in the calendar - International Workers Memorial Day. This is a day when people pause, in remembrance of all those through history who had lost their lives at work. The Metro Mayor explained that the motto of Workers Memorial Day was: “remember the dead and fight for the living”.