New Liverpool Mayor chooses deputy and new cabinet positions

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The new Mayor of Liverpool has confirmed who will be in her new top team at a group meeting this evening.

Joanne Anderson was elected earlier this month as the new mayor of the city, replacing Joe Anderson (no relation) who had stepped aside following his arrest in December.

The new Mayor Anderson wasted no time putting her stamp on the position, informing the entire existing cabinet that they would all be replaced on her first day in office.

She told the ECHO that she would be building a new top team as she attempts to steer the city and the council through a turbulent period following the devastating Max Caller inspection report that revealed a host of failings at the local authority.

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The ruling city Labour group met tonight ahead of a crunch meeting of the full council on Wednesday, where the full, formal response to the Caller Report will be decided.

The meeting saw Mayor Anderson confirm her new appointments, ahead of an expected formal announcement.

The ECHO understands that Everton councillor Jane Corbett has been given the key role of Deputy Mayor and will also become the cabinet member for finance and resources.

Councillor Jane Corbett

Cllr Corbett was one of few names to be picked out for positives in Mr Caller's report following her work on the council's Fractional Investment Committee.

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Joining her in the cabinet will be Riverside Councillor Sarah Doyle, who the ECHO understands will take on the cabinet role for development and economy.

Cllr Tom Logan, who represents Mayor Anderson's former ward of Princes Park, will be handed the education brief, while Picton Councillor Abdul Qadir will be the new cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community.

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Cllr Fraser Lake is understood to be replacing his Fazakerley ward colleague Paul Brant as cabinet member for adult and children's social care and Knotty Ash Councillor Harry Doyle, who ran Mayor Anderson's successful election campaign – will become cabinet member for culture and the visitor economy.

West Derby Councillor Dan Barrington also worked on the campaign and will now lead on the issues of climate emergency and environment in the new administration.

Knotty Ash councillor Harry Doyle

The ECHO understands that Cllr Wendy Simon, who stepped in as acting mayor following Mayor Joe Anderson's departure – and had initially ran for the mayoral candidacy – was re-elected as the deputy leader of the Labour group.

Cllr Simon, who was one of three candidates controversially dropped from an original mayoral candidate shortlist, beat Cllr Qadir to that position in a vote at tonight's group meeting.

The new positions are expected to be announced publicly in the coming days.