National Limerick Day

The twelfth of May is National Limerick Day and the annual celebration of Edward Lear’s birthday.

Lear was an English artist, author, illustrator, musician and poet who is especially known for his funny limericks, a form of literature which he helped pioneer in the late 19th century.

A limerick is a short, five line, humorous poem that rhymes.

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General Election 2017: Liverpool and Wirral candidates revealed

The candidates to stand for election in Liverpool and Wirral areas have been confirmed ahead of polling day on 8th of June.


Garston and Halewood: Adam Marsden (Conservative); Lawrence Brown (Green); Maria Eagle (Labour) and Anna Martin (Liberal Democrat.

Wavetree: Denise Haddad (Conservative); Ted Grant (Green); Luciana Berger (Labour); Richard Kemp (Liberal Democrat) and Adam Heatherington (Independent).

Walton: Laura Evans (Conservative); Colm Feeley (Green); Dan Carden (Labour); Kris Brown (Liberal Democrat) and Terry May (Independent).

West Derby: Paul Richardson (Conservative); Will Ward (Green); Stephen Twigg (Labour); Steve Radford (Liberal); Paul Parr (Liberal Democrat); Graham Hughes (Independent).

Riverside: Pamela Hall (Conservative); Stephanie Pitchers (Green); Louise Ellman (Labour) and Tom Sebire (Liberal Democrat).



Wirral West: Tony Caldeira (Conservative); John Coyne (Green); Margaret Greenwood (Labour) and Peter Reisdorf (Liberal Democrat).

Wirral South: Andy Livsey (Conservative); Lily Clough (Green); Angela Eagle (Labour); Paul Childs (Liberal Democrat); Debbie Caplin (UKIP).

Wallasey: Adam Sykes (Conservative); Mandi Roberts (Green); Alison McGovern (Labour) and Chris Carubia (Liberal Democrat).

Birkenhead: Stewart Gardiner (Conservative); Jayne Clough (Green); Frank Field (Labour) and Allan Brame (Liberal Democrat).



Hillsborough: criminal prosecutions update

Decisions regarding the prosecution of key individuals responsible for the Hillsborough disaster and cover up could be made next month.

The Crown Prosecution Service were given a six month time frame to reach their decisions in January.

It is thought that police officers from South Yorkshire Police are especially liable to face criminal proceedings.

The CPS are currently analysing evidence supplied to them in the form of witness statements, photographs and video footage. A large proportion of said evidence has been provided by survivors of the disaster.

The families of the 96 victims and members of the emergency services have also provided testimonies.


Confusion surrounds new Ross Barkley contract

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley enters into the final year of his contract shortly.

With a new deal yet to be penned, speculation is mounting that the England international could seek a move away from Merseyside.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the 23-year-old has received an offer from the club but is yet to commit to an extension.

He said: “I think it’s his responsibility and the responsibility of his agent to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because that’s what the club needs to know because we can’t wait until the last moment.

“It’s not good for the player and it’s not good for the club.”

Koeman also confirmed that he and club Chairman Bill Kenwright have held a meeting to discuss the situation.

Barkley was recently involved in a Liverpool nightclub bust up with an unnamed man and fans are beginning to speculate that the midfielder could want a move away from the city where he attracts so much attention.

In six months time, Barkley will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs ahead of a potential bosman move next summer. Everton, although desperate to keep hold of the player, will be keen to cash in on Barkley if the alternative means losing him for nothing.

The England international could attract interest from clubs at the top end of the Premier League table, especially if he’s available on a free transfer.

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Barkley in the sections of the press.

Preview of Liverpool’s premier league trip to West Ham United

Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva are doubts for Liverpool’s premier league clash against West Ham United on Sunday.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp revealed in a press conference today that the Brazilian duo could both return to training before the fixture, but that they are unlikely feature at the London Stadium.

Lucas, who is Liverpool’s longest serving player, could train today after being hindered by a muscle problem. Firmino is likely to make a return tomorrow.

The 49-year-old German told the press: “Firmino felt a muscle so we have left him out of training. Lucas felt two different muscles.

“These players want to play. Lucas could be able to train today. For Roberto, it could be Saturday. We have to wait and give him as much time as possible.”

Klopp also revealed that he is optimistic that Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana could both play a prominent role after their respective injury troubles.

Reds’ fans will be hopeful that their side can pick up all three points in the capital to maintain distance between themselves and their top 4 rivals, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Meanwhile for the Hammers, former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out. Midfielders Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble, the captain, are both also sidelined.

West Ham are currently 12th in the Premier League table; both safe from relegation and unable to qualify for European football next season with two games remaining.



Anderson to continue as city mayor if MP bid fails

Joe Anderson says he will continue as city mayor if his bid to become a Member of Parliament fails.

Speaking for the first time since making his shock announcement yesterday – Mayor Anderson also said he backs Steve Rotheram “110%” in his bid to become the new Metro Mayor of the city region.

Anderson has put himself forward for the Walton Parliamentary seat

The seat – regarded as a very safe one for Labour – will become available if incumbent Steve Rotheram lands the Metro Mayor position in an election on May 4 as he would then not seek re-selection in Walton.

Steve Rotherham, current MP for Walton, will not seek re-election if elected as Metro Mayor of Liverpool on May 4

A decision on who will be Labour’s Walton candidate will be made by the party’s National Executive Committee but Mayor Anderson said a decision against him will not see him walk away from his current role.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO he said: “I was elected for four years, I have done a year and got three to go – we have got really exciting things happening now in the city and things we will announce shortly.

“The issue for me is trying to defend our city aginst the austerity measures that this government is continuing to impose on us and its that challenge that I want to take up and go to government, look them in the eye and argue that case. I know more than anybody the problems we will face in a few years.

“I would continue as mayor because not only have I got a platform to continue to use against austerity but I think my experience, my knowledge and the fact I have been the leader for seven years shows that we can get through this.”

Hillsborough: first of the new annual memorial services to take place this weekend

Final preparations are being made for the service being held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this Saturday to mark the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Memorial services will no longer take place at Anfield at the request of the families belonging to the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), which organised them.

But from this year, the city’s two cathedrals will take it in turn to host simple and low-key services – an initiative of the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, in liaison with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

The final memorial service at Anfield for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy – 27 years to the day of the infamous incident – was held last April.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, recently told the ECHO: “While the Anfield service has now finished, at the request of the families belonging to the HFSG, who organised it, the city of Liverpool will obviously never forget the 96. And this annual service will give those people who wish to mark the anniversary in a formal way a chance to reflect in one of our two cathedrals.”

(Video: Sky News)