At the first glance, Barrie Grunewald for Liverpool city region mayor has a strange sound to it.
The prospect of St Helens Council losing its leader and heading for the newly-created city hall offices doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be good news for St Helens.
Yet, as Coun Grunewald takes this weekend to mull over whether to throw his hat into the ring, with just a little thought it becomes clear that such a move be extremely beneficial, if not vital, for St Helens.
When the idea of a Liverpool city region was first floated there were understandable fears the move would disproportionately benefit Liverpool.
As it stands now, all the mayor contenders for the mayor’s job are Liverpool through and through, doing nothing to allay those fears.
Coun Grunewald, however, has a track record in standing up to Liverpool interest.
Indeed, he refused to pander to Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson when the pair clashed over the Liverpool city region combined authority.
Born in Scotland but, politcally-speaking, made in St Helens, Coun Grunewald would be the perfect candidate to provide a strong voice for the ENTIRE region, not just the Liverpool part of it.