Council: We won’t be part of ‘Greater Liverpool’ mayor plan

The QE2 sits docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool today as part of the famous Cunard liner's 40th anniversary UK tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 21, 2007. Cunard was founded in Liverpool in 1839 and remained the company's home city for nearly 130 years. The original Cunard headquarters now forms part of a World Heritage Site close to where the QE2 docked today. See PA story SEA QE2. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
The QE2 sits docked on the River Mersey in Liverpool today as part of the famous Cunard liner's 40th anniversary UK tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 21, 2007. Cunard was founded in Liverpool in 1839 and remained the company's home city for nearly 130 years. The original Cunard headquarters now forms part of a World Heritage Site close to where the QE2 docked today. See PA story SEA QE2. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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COUNCIL leader Marie Rimmer has slammed plans to install a City Region Mayor across St Helens and the rest of Merseyside.

Coun Rimmer, leader of the local Labour Group, is set to table a strongly-worded motion on the issue at this evening’s full council meeting at St Helens Town Hall.

She said: “St Helens has a long and proud tradition of helping to support the sub region economy by working closely with our colleagues. I do not believe that investing power in one individual is the right thing to do.

“We all have a shared reason to work together to bring about economic change to the sub region. We share a common goal and together we can make a difference. One individual having a complete power base is not the way forward.”

The debate was sparked by proposals to install a City Region Mayor to boost links with the private sector.

But Coun Rimmer (pictured, right) argues that St Helens Council already boasts a long tradition of working successfully with private sector firms - particularly alongside St Helens Chamber.

She added: “We have a joint responsibility to ensure that we grow the local economy and provide much-needed jobs for local people. It is vital that we all work closely together to continue to deliver initiatives to boost the Merseyside economy which, in turn, will contribute to the wider regeneration of the North West.”