Metro Mayor 'will work with whoever is in government' after general election

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has vowed to work with whatever party wins the general election and wants the Liverpool City Region to be ready on day one.

In less than four weeks, millions of people across Merseyside and beyond will go to the polls in the national ballot. The election comes two months after Mr Rotheram himself secured a historic third term at the top of Mann Island.

With 27 days to go, the Labour Mayor said regardless of the outcome, the city region would continue to seek a positive relationship with Whitehall.

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In this first general election since 2019, opinion polls suggest Labour are on course to end 14 years in opposition and turf Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives out of power. The latest figures put Sir Keir Starmer’s party 20 points ahead as we hurtle towards decision time.

Last month, Mr Rotheram secured his own third term and remains the only person to serve as Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region since the role's inception in 2017. Claiming victory in May, he did so with an increased vote share of 68%.

In his first remarks at the combined authority since then, the former Liverpool Walton MP reflected on the national campaign but steered away from partisan party politics, focusing on priorities for the combined authority (CA.) He said: “We will have a new government by July 5 and the CA has demonstrated it will work with whoever is in government and our officers continue to work with whoever it is at a national level.

“We’re putting our proposals together as we speak and the submissions so that we can be ready on day one of any potential government and outline our priorities for the region to ministers, secretaries of state, and ensure we’re delivering for the 1.6m people we’re lucky to serve.”

A total of 16 constituencies will be contested across the Liverpool City Region in the general election next month. With the majority being held by Labour, this will be key to the party claiming the keys to Number 10.

It will be hoping to take the seat of Southport from the Conservatives in what is considered to be a key battleground area.

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