Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson arrested in bribery investigation

Joe Anderson – the Mayor of Liverpool – has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and intimidating a witness.

Mr Anderson, 62, and four other people were held as part of an investigation into building contracts being awarded.

It is believed the Labour Party has suspended Mr Anderson pending the outcome of the inquiry.

And Liverpool City Council said it was co-operating with the police.

Merseyside Police has been running Operation Aloft for a year.

It has been looking at a number of property developers.

Mr Anderson was Liverpool’s first elected mayor in 2012.

He’d been on the city council since 1998.

His national profile has been high during the coronavirus pandemic.

He was praised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his handling of Covid-19 in Liverpool.



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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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