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Disagreement delays Liverpool City Region deputy mayor decision

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A lack of agreement over the extended membership of the Liverpool City Region combined authority has delayed the appointment of a deputy mayor, it has been confirmed.

Despite Mr Rotheram’s top team being confirmed at the first meeting of the combined authority on 26 May, no appointment was made to the role of deputy mayor, which is required under the Cities & Local Government Devolution Act 2016.

A spokesman for the mayor told LGC that the choice of deputy mayor from one of the Liverpool City Region’s six council leaders would be confirmed at the next meeting of the combined authority on 16 June.

He said the delay in the appointment was due to a lack of agreement among members over who, and how many, people would be co-opted to the combined authority in a non-voting, advisory capacity.

However, he confirmed that Merseyside police and crime commissioner Jane Kennedy would be co-opted on to the combined authority at the 16 June meeting.

The spokesman said: “The appointment of a deputy mayor will be made following the next meeting of the combined authority when we have definite agreement on its extended membership.”

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