WHAT St Helens needs in these difficult times is a fighter and they don’t come much tougher than new council leader Barrie Grunewald.
Coun Grunewald may not be a born and bred St Helens man but, as he says himself, the town is in his blood.
And for all his passion for the town, he is also a slick operator, used to dealing with political big-hitters, who knows how to find his way around the corridors of power.
He’ll need all those considerable skills - and more - to fight St Helens’ corner.
We’re sure he’s more than up for the job.