The mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who hopes to become the metro mayor for the Liverpool City Region next year, outlined his vision for an ambitious and aspirational Merseyside at an event hosted by leading business organisation Downtown in Business on Friday morning.

Presenting his Manifesto to business leaders in a conversation with Downtown boss Frank McKenna, Mayor Anderson said:

“I don’t think we have any alternative but to be bold and ambitious. I hear people saying that big ideas, like a bridge across the Mersey to better connect Wirral and Liverpool; a new Mersey Ferry and the establishment of enterprise zones across the city region can’t be done.

“But, what I have proved with initiatives such as the Arena and Convention centre and other regeneration projects is that you can invest where you can achieve a return.”

Discussing a wide range of topics, including the Labour leadership, the EU referendum voye, transport and the skills agenda, Mayor Anderson added:

“Whatever the outcome of the EU poll, we need to get the message across that the Liverpool city region is open for business. The International Festival for Business, which has just been hosted here during the past three weeks, is further evidence that we have added commerce to our fantastic cultural offer.”

Reflecting on the success of the regeneration of the Anfield area, driven by the expansion of Liverpool Football Clubs stadium, Anderson also revealed that he is encouraging talks between Everton FC and Peel to see if a deal can be struck to locate a new ground for the club on the waterfront.

To view Joe Anderson’s manifesto CLICK HERE.

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