Labour reopens applications for Liverpool Mayor nominations

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The Labour Party is re-opening applications for its Liverpool mayoral candidate and has told the three shortlisted candidates not to apply for the role.

The shock move comes after days of silence and confusion regarding the selection process.

Three candidates had already been shortlisted to replace Joe Anderson as the party's candidate for the forthcoming mayoral elections.

They were Acting Mayor Wendy Simon, former Deputy Mayor Ann O'Byrne and current Lord Mayor Anna Rothery.

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But last week in a surprise move, with ballots expected to be delivered and voting to begin, the process was suddenly suspended and all three candidates were re-interviewed on Friday.

Those candidates heard nothing back from the party over the weekend, with frustrations growing about the party's handling of the situation.

And today an email to members states that Labour is taking the unprecedented move of re-opening the whole application process.

The email states: "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.

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"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 ECHO understands that no previous candidate will be invited to apply.

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A revised timetable has now been put in place, which will run as follows:

• Nominations to be received by noon on Thursday 25 February

• Interviews conducted on Monday 1 March

• Ballots distributed on Monday 8 March

• Ballots close at noon on Monday 29 March

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