I am putting my name forward for selection as Labour’s candidate to become the Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region. I will remain the MP for Liverpool Wavertree and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health while the selection takes place over the summer.
As your MP, I cherish the responsibility to represent you and our constituency in Parliament. But every day I see how hardship and deprivation impact on people’s lives and how Westminster cannot always solve local problems.
The Metro Mayor is a completely new role with detailed responsibilities that are still being developed. But it will be a huge and exciting opportunity for all of us in the region.
The Metro Mayor will be an opportunity to deliver radical change for our region. It’s a chance to take back power and resources from London and give our region a stronger voice, both nationally and internationally. So it is a big job. An important job. And it is a role that, with the right approach and the right person, will have a massive impact on all our futures.
As an MP and a member of the Shadow Cabinet I have worked and will continue to work to make a real difference. From forcing the government to introduce green apprenticeships to tightening the law on dangerous dogs to holding the government to account on mental health – I have seen what Westminster and tireless campaigning there can do.
However, Westminster alone cannot harness the extraordinary potential and creativity that make our region such a unique and inspiring place.
So a strong, listening and creative Metro Mayor can help bring about the changes that will build a great future for this region.
A Metro Mayor that harnesses all the energy and talents of everyone, whether trade unionists or business people, teachers or students, will be able to deliver a future we can all be proud of.
I am standing because I believe that now is the moment when our region must choose the future.
I am standing for selection because I want to create an economy that provides high value and rewarding jobs and careers for our young people. I want to bring about the future that we all want for the region. Liverpool and the wider region is my home, and I want the best for it. I live here and have made my home here.
If elected, I will develop and lead a team that makes a real success of the devolution deal by listening, involving people and making the best use of all our talents and experiences.
Together, we can harness the spirit, skills and knowledge of people from across the region to make this a healthy, happy and prosperous place for everyone. Achieving this will mean doing things differently.
I am consulting widely and listening carefully, because everyone who lives here should have a say on how we move forward together.
That is why, from day one, my campaign has been doing things differently. I am asking for your help in setting the future priorities of the Metro Mayor. Please click here to let me know you want to share your ideas, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about my five campaign priorities, tell me yours and find out how to get involved by clicking here or you can email me with your questions and suggestions at: email@example.com.
Together, we can choose our future.