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Mayor backs down over combined authority

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Liverpool’s elected mayor Joe Anderson has said that the city will remain in the new city region combined authority, despite his threats last week to quit.

A row erupted when the leaders of the new combined authority elected Wirral MBC leader Phil Davies (Lab) as its chair. Mr Anderson (Lab) felt Liverpool should have this role as the largest city and economic centre of the area.

He last week threatened to consult lawyers to see if the city could leave the new authority.

St Helens MBC leader Barrie Grunewald (Lab) was reported as saying the problem “boiled down to one man and his ego”.

The mayor has now said he will work in a combined authority, telling a local newspaper that he considered the matter that caused the dispute closed.

A Liverpool City Council spokesman said the council “had no problem” with the report that the dispute was now closed.

The combined authority has responsibility for transport, strategic planning and economic development. Members are Liverpool City Council, Sefton MBC, Wirral MBC, Knowsley MBC, St Helens MBC and Halton BC.

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