Devolved powers from Whitehall present a golden opportunity for the Liverpool City Region in 2017, Steve Rotheram MP has said in a New Year video recording.
Labour’s Mayoral candidate delivered a positive message on devolution and said that wrestling power from Westminster can help close the North South divide.
The Walton MP also says that the City Region has to make the most of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
In the video, Mr Rotheram says:
“2016 was a year that seemed to change the national and international political landscape dramatically – from the historic vote to leave the European Union, Donald Trump’s unexpected election victory in America and the rise of the far right across mainland Europe.
“And let’s be honest, it was a difficult year for our party also.
“However, with the turn of the New Year – I believe 2017 presents many opportunities for the Liverpool City Region.
“We have to make the most of Brexit and what it presents for the 1.5 million people across Merseyside and Halton. While the Government in Westminster seemingly has no plan for Britain’s future outside the European Union, if I’m elected as Metro Mayor I’ll fight to ensure that whatever comes out of our Brexit negotiations – we have a strong voice that delivers the best possible future for our area – to ensure we are not left behind yet again.
“Devolution is our chance to wrestle power from Whitehall, and bring decision making back to our towns and communities – so that we can start to close the North-South divide that has widened under this Tory Government.
“We need to be able to take local decisions on housing, transport and skills to secure the economic growth we need to create the jobs, apprenticeships and wealth to take our city region forward.
“And as we enter a brand new year, I am starting a big conversation with you.
“I want to find out about your priorities and concerns.
“So – over the coming months, I will be touring the region to meet you and share my plans to get our area moving in a new and positive direction.
“If you have any ideas, please feel free to get in touch.
“In any case, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a very happy and healthy 2017.”