Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of Steve Rotheram as the new Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Richard Halstead, Interim Region Director for the North West at EEF, said: “A big congratulations to Steve Rotheram on securing the position of Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. 50,000 people work in the manufacturing sector, contributing £3.2 billion in Gross Value Added across Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton. Industry will be looking to the new Mayor to take full advantage of new opportunities from the Superport, Sensor City and 4th Industrial Revolution.”
Commenting on these new Mayors, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provide the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.