Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson steps down as police inquiry continues

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has stepped down from politics after being arrested on allegations of bribery and witness intimidation.

Mr Anderson, 62, was arrested last week.

He was suspended from the Labour Party amid calls for him to step down.

Mayor Anderson announced today he will be taking “unpaid leave” as the investigation into him continues.

In his statement, Mayor Anderson said:

“I have always done what I believe is best for the city, and I am taking the following action with those best intentions in mind.

“It is important that everyone in Liverpool knows that our leaders are focussed on what is most important to the people; their livelihoods and, with a pandemic still in force, their lives.”


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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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