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TV soap guru ponders mayoral bid

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Phil Redmond, the creator of TV shows Brookside and Grange Hill, has indicated that he would stand as elected mayor of a Greater Liverpool city region.

Mr Redmond, who is creative director of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture programme , backed calls for the creation of an enhanced city region to carry on the momentum generated by this year’s festivities.

Quizzed about his mayoral ambitions by LGC after a fringe event at last week’s Labour Party conference, he questioned the point of a council mayor, despite having publicly backed the campaign to create an independent mayor for Liverpool.

Mr Redmond said key public services only operated at a city-regional level.

And he refused to rule out a mayoral bid if such an authority were created. Asked if he would stand if the post of mayor of Merseyside were created, Mr Redmond replied: "Ask me when that is in place.

"You’ve got to think about Liverpool being one of only six boroughs in the region," he said.

"You’ve got to have proper co-operation and almost control of the entire region. All the services like policing and health are Merseyside-based."

Liam Fogerty, chairman of the ‘a mayor for Liverpool’ campaign, said Mr Redmond would "absolutely jump at the chance" to become mayor.

"Phil Redmond is the sort of candidate who would be encouraged to come forward if there were a mayoral position up for grabs. He’s a non- partisan figure who would be able to stand on a proven record of achievement in business and the creative industries."

Mr Redmond said a small unit should be set up to co-ordinate cultural activities across the city region.

"One of the great successes of 2008 has been to get all the boroughs talking to each other. We want to see how we can carry that on," he said. "If two boroughs are doing big events, we can say to one, ‘why don’t you back yours off a bit so we can all benefit’," he said.

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