The Liberal Democrats have today announced that Prescot Councillor Carl Cashman will be their candidate for the Liverpool City Region Mayoral election in May 2017.
After launching his campaign in August, Carl was overwhelmingly selected by the region’s membership to take the fight to Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Sectary, Steve Rotherham, the Labour candidate.
Commenting Carl said:
“I’m extremely humbled to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate. The party has shown great faith in me and we are more united than ever in our aim, to take the fight to Labour and improve the lives of people in this region.”
Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron MP, who was in Liverpool to meet local business leaders last week said:
“If people don’t want another Labour official holding office and just taking the folks of this part of the North West for granted, then we need a Liberal Democrat to challenge them, and Carl is absolutelythat man to give people their voice back, and ensure we have a genuine Northern powerhouse”.
John Pugh, the Liberal Democrat MP for Southport has also welcomed Carl’s candidature, saying:
“In a field normally dominated by political hacks and re-treads Carl is a breath of fresh air. He wants to help shape the future of every part of the region not just promote the pet projects of a political elite. He’s determined that no-one, young or old, will be left behind or without a voice.”
The 24-year-old Councillor is the Leader of the Lib Dem group on Knowsley Council, after he broke the 100% Labour control of the Council in May, taking three seats off Labour and becoming the sole opposition on Knowsley Council. Asked for his aims for the campaign, Carl commented;
“This election is about delivering something new, a fresh approach in the region. The Conservatives has sold us false devolution of powers and the Labour Party have happily accepted a sub-standard deal from the Government. As the Liberal Democrat candidate my position is clear, I will fight for a better deal from the Government and I will hand down powers to local people. We need someone who will fight for people in this uncertain time under Brexit and who will protect our precious green spaces from development. That is what myself and the Liberal Democrats stand for.”
The Liberal Democrats are the only party, other than Labour, to have representation on each of the council areas in the Liverpool City Region, and the announcement of Carl’s candidature has been welcomed by group leaders in the region.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool and 2016 Liverpool City Mayor candidate said:
"I am delighted that Cllr Carl Cashman has been chosen as our Mayoral Candidate. It's youth and innovation standing against Jeremy Corbyn's bag carrier"
Cllr Phil Gilchrist, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wirral Council said:
“Carl is determined to help each area realise its hopes and visions. He has the skills to bring the people of our City Region together and I look forward to campaigning alongside him”
Cllr Sue McGuire, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sefton Council said:
“Carl will be a breath of fresh air in this campaign. Unlike Labour's candidate, he isn't part of the Liverpool political establishment, and I know that Carl will join me in fighting for all parts of our region, especially here in Southport.”
Cllr Christopher Rowe, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Halton Council said:
“Politics in Halton is overrun with dull old men who think they know everything. Carl offers something different. He is fresh, passionate about the Liverpool City Region and willing to listen to different ideas on how best to serve the Region.”
Cllr Ian Smith, Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Knowsley council said:
“I see in Carl a person who is capable of representing the whole region. I have worked with Carl for 6 years now, and he is performing as leader of the group in Knowsley to his absolute maximum, I have nothing but fine words for Carl, and if you place your support in him, he won’t let you down”.