Combined Authority factsheet

Liverpool City Region

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Current political landscape

In May 2021, Liverpool City Region re-elected Labour’s Steve Rotheram as the metro mayor. He won with 58.3% of the vote in the first round. Second was Conservative candidate Jade Marsden with 19.6%. Turnout was 29.7%.

This page brings together the key facts and figures about the city-region’s economy. It shows what local residents see as the top priorities for the metro mayor. It also shows what previous elections tell us about voting patterns in the area.

Economic outlook

Liverpool City Region consists of the following local authorities: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas such as productivity and employment helps the new metro mayor to assess what he should prioritise. The table below shows how region compares to the national average on these indicators.

What powers does the Liverpool City Region metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Liverpool City Region metro mayor has.




What are the policy priorities for the Liverpool City Region mayor?

We highlighted three areas that the new metro mayor should prioritise.

Policy priority 1: Raise employment rate and participation in the labour market up to the national average

  • Establish a ‘skills compact’ for adult education, and undertake an audit to trace how much money is spent on adult education in the area.
  • Support people that are economically inactive to be work-ready
  • Launch a Working Well programme

Policy priority 2: Ensure young people are ready to enter the labour market

  • Support more young people to take up and complete apprenticeships
  • Challenge schools that are underperforming and improve investment in education
  • Champion take-up of extracurricular activities

Policy priority 3: Make it easier for people to move around the city region and get to the city centre

  • Introduce a congestion charge in Liverpool city centre
  • Press ahead with progress on bus franchising
  • Re-introduce bus lanes on key strategic roads



Liverpool City Region PDF (140 KB)

Related work

Metro mayor election results 2021

Explore the results of the mayoral elections in Greater London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England and West Yorkshire.

Data 12 May 2021

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