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.

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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.

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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.”

When is the Pink Moon in April 2017 and what is the meaning of its name?

Keep your eyes peeled at the skies of Liverpool tonight as there will be a rare full moon showing its face.

On the night of Tuesday, April 11, the pink moon be fully visible but don’t be fooled by the name.

The Pink Moon isn’t actually coloured at all – the moon’s name comes from the pink flowers that spring around this time of year.

It’s name actually derives from the Native American practice of giving titles to full moons.

 

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The moon won’t actually look pink

The reference comes from the moss pink herb, or wild ground phlox flower, which is widespread by spring.

But the moon isn’t just referred to as a pink moon, it is sometimes called a Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Full Fish Moon.

It will look its most impressive when the skies are darkest in the middle of the night.

Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool U18s next season

Steven Gerrard is set to take charge of Liverpool’s U18 team from next season.

The Reds legend has been working at the club’s Academy since January having taken a role across numerous age groups, but will take over the U18s in the summer

The 36-year-old, who has made no secret of his desire to enter full-time management, rejoined Liverpool in January to take up an academy coaching role at Kirkby.

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Liverpool’s longest-serving captain, who won 114 caps for England, called time on his playing career four months ago when he left MLS side LA Galaxy after 18 months with the club.

Following his retirement, the former England captain turned down the chance to become MK Dons manager last November following talks with chairman Pete Winkelman, saying the challenge to replace Karl Robinson at the League One side came “a bit too soon”.

But now Gerrard, who made over 700 appearances for The Reds, is set to take the first step in his coaching career by taking charge of the Liverpool youngsters.

Gerrard’s impending appointment will trigger a reshuffle at the academy’s Kirkby base, with current Under-18 coach Neil Critchley potentially moving up to take charge of the Under-23s.

April in Liverpool – What to do in the City Next Month

Live Music

Bruno Mars – Arena Tour
Liverpool Echo Arena, Saturday 15th April

Bruno Mars brings his arena tour to Merseyside on 15th April. The 31-year-old Hawaiian singer-songwriter will perform at the Echo Arena as part of his latest worldwide tour showcasing tracks from his most recent album ‘24K Magic’. The five time Grammy Award winning artist is set to perform with his group ‘The Hooligans’Bruno Marswith whom he performed at the BRIT awards earlier this year. The event is now sold out but tickets are available on certain resale websites at the price of £70 plus. Anybody lucky enough to have a ticket for the show is in for a treat with Mars being known for his highly energetic performance and the party-like atmosphere brought to the audience.

The Kooks – ‘Best of’ Tour
Liverpool Olympia, Saturday 29th April

Performing their best hits from the past 13 years The Kooks will take to the stage at Liverpool Olympia near the end of the month. Saturday 29th April will see the Brighton band return to Liverpool as part of their ‘Best of Tour’. Luke, Hugh, Peter and Alexis are set to play to a sold-out crowd at the Olympia, although tickets are available on someKooksresale sites at as little as £30. Fans who have followed The Kooks will be in for a treat as the band treat them to a trip back to 2006 and through the years following that performing their top hits from their four studio albums, along with some newer material.

 

Sport 

Premier League Darts
Liverpool Echo Arena, Thursday 13th April

The Premier League Darts comes to Liverpool Echo Arena on the evening of 13th April. The fixtures have yet to be confirmed, however Liverpool will welcome the top names in darts for an evening of exciting competition. Former
winner of the Premier League Darts, Michael Van Gerwen, will be competing along with 14-time winner Phil Taylor and many other familiar names. The event will provide a great atmosphere and is guaranteed to be a fun evening. Tickets are till available online at a price of around £50 per person.

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Liverpool Echo Arena, Saturday 1st April

1st April sees Cage Warriors MMA return to Liverpool Echo Arena for a night set to be packed with young entertaining fighters. Scouse duo Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett and Chris Fishgold are both currently preparing to perform in their bouts in front of a home crowd like no other at the Echo Arena. Paddy, current Cage Warriors World Featherweight Champion, will be hoping to defend his title in a
bout with fellow Brit Nad Narimani. Along with a high number of other fights on the undercard, it is shaping up to be a great night of mixed martial arts here on Merseyside. Tickets are still available online with prices ranging from £33 to £70.

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Theatre

Grease Musical
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Week Commencing Monday 3rd April

The World-Famous West End production ‘Grease’ is coming to Liverpool for 6 days of the week commencing 3rd April. The show will be played Monday to Saturday every evening at Liverpool Empire Theatre, with two showings on Friday and Saturday evening. The show will include all of the hit songs from the original movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, and many more. The character Danny will be played by Tom Parker of UK boyband The Wanted, whilst Sandy will be played by Danielle Hope. Numerous other performers in the cast include Darren Day and Louisa Lytton of Eastenders. Tickets are available for as little as £13.50 online.

 

 

 

 

M57 shut as seriously injured woman found on hard shoulder

An investigation is now underway to establish how a woman ended up on the motorway, close to the Spencers Lane bridge, but ‘it is not believed a vehicle was involved’.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 6am today, Monday, March 20, following reports that motorists had seen a woman lying on the hard shoulder of the motorway on the northbound carriageway near junction 6.

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Heavy traffic after the motorway re-opened 

“An investigation is currently underway to establish how she came to be there and she has been taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries.”

The motorway has now been completely re-opened.

Further details about the woman and her condition are unknown at the moment.

Anyone with any further information about the incident is asked to call Merseyside Police on 101.

 

Five things to do on St Patrick’s day in Liverpool

It’s well known that there are strong links between Liverpool and Ireland; so much so in fact that our proud city was even referred to as Ireland’s “second capital city”. At one point, the only two cities that homed more Irish people than Liverpool were Dublin and New York.

It’s no surprise then that Liverpool plays host to some of the most vibrant and entertaining St Patrick’s Day festivities than pretty much any British city outside of mainland Ireland.

This is our guide to the best ways to mark the occasion in Liverpool:

1. Drink one, or maybe several, pints of Guinness in one of the city’s many Irish bars or pubs. Lanigan’s Irish Bar on Ranelagh Street, Pogue Mahone on Seel Street and McCooleys on Concert Square are particularly good spots that are sure to be awash with revellers this time tomorrow evening.

2. Medication St Patrick’s Day Special; this one promises not to disappoint! With Irish folk songs and line dancing set across three floors at Liverpool’s fantastic Arts Club, cheap drinks and a genuinely warm and lively atmosphere, this is one event that revellers definitely need to look into.

3. Independent Liverpool’s St Patrick’s Day Weekender will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of March at The Great Baltic Warehouse. Independent Liverpool events rarely disappoint, and as the organisation are promising to bring a little taste of Ireland to Liverpool, we’re sure that this one will be as good as ever. Celebrations will include, but not be limited to, plenty of singing and dancing and a mulitiude of Irish Gin and, of course, more Guinness!

4. The St Patrick’s Day parade is an annual event that takes place every year in Liverpool city centre. This year, it will start around 3pm near Mount Pleasant before making it’s way through town and finishing in Derby Square. The Liverpool Irish Flute Band and Manchester Community Pipe Band are both set to take part in proceedings.

5. And finally, something a little more laid back and thought provoking, why not get tickets for Love History’s production of Irish Liverpool at the St George’s Hall Concert Room. The play is about the tragedies of the Great Famine of the 19th century and the impact it had on the lives of the Irish people. Tickets are, at the time of writing, still available at: http://www.ticketquarter.co.uk

Have we missed anything out? How are you spending your St Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments, or alternatively tweet a member of the team on @NewsLiverpool17 or contact us at our official Facebook page- just type our name into your search bar!

Manchester rival Liverpool for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Manchester has emerged as rivals to Liverpool for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after it was revealed the African City of Durban could no longer host the event due to financial difficulties.

The city of Liverpool was previously preparing a bid for the 2026 games, but are now thought to be prepared to take on the challenge four years earlier than expected.

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The likes of Jamie Carragher , Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Tony Bellew are among the sporting figures who have offered their support to Liverpool’s 2026 bid. 

However, the Manchester Evening News has reported that Manchester are already in deep discussions with the government about hosting the Commonwealth Games – two decades since it was last held there.

Liverpool Major Joe Anderson wrote to sports minister Tracey Crocuh, and said Liverpool would have “no problem” being ready for the Games by 2022.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “We knew that Durban was in trouble so we met with government officials last week in which we made it clear we would be very keen to host the games in 2022.

“I have also written to Tracey Crouch and assured her that we would be ready for that date – I am very confident that the city will be able to cope with the demands of holding the games then.

“These games give us a great opportunity to regenerate the north of Liverpool and create a lasting legacy.”

The Commonwealth Games Federation will need to consider all options before making a decision, but Joe Anderson believes Liverpool is in “a good position” to host them.

South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula told press agency Reuters: “We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t.”

After the Commonwealth Games Federation made the final decision to withdraw Durban as the host city in 2022.