ayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has introduced he’s “stepping away” from the position after he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
Anderson, 62, mentioned it was a “painful shock” when he was arrested on Friday together with 4 different males as a part of a Merseyside Police investigation into constructing and growth contracts in Liverpool.
In a press release on Thursday, he mentioned: “I’ve all the time finished what I consider is finest for the town, and I’m taking the next motion with these finest intentions in thoughts.
“It can be crucial that everybody in Liverpool is aware of that our leaders are centered on what’s most vital to the folks; their livelihoods and, with a pandemic nonetheless in pressure, their lives.
“For that reason, I consider it is necessary that the town, and authorities, are reassured that our metropolis is certainly working within the right manner.
“I’m, due to this fact, stepping away from decision-making throughout the council via a interval of unpaid depart, till the police clarify their intentions with the investigation on December 31.”
Final week there have been 23 Covid-19 deaths, mentioned Liverpool Metropolis council.
Mr Anderson mentioned Wendy Simon, the deputy mayor, would take over the position.
He added: “The arrest on Friday has additionally been a painful shock for me and my household, following a tough few months.
“I have to give attention to their future and returning to a standard they will recognise, with the reassurance that I’m now not below suspicion.
“Due to this fact I’m going to give attention to co-operating with the police of their ongoing inquiry, as I consider time will make it clear that I’ve no case to reply.
“This case has not dampened my ardour for our metropolis and the inspiring individuals who reside and work right here, most notably the devoted public servants who work throughout the council and the cupboard.
“They may proceed their unbelievable work, as we’d count on, in opposition to the difficult circumstances we discover ourselves in.
“However I’m not ready to contribute my very own circumstances to these challenges, so I’ve reached this choice for that purpose alone.
“I’m very grateful for the various messages of assist I’ve obtained and I’ve religion that, as all the time, the way forward for our metropolis is brilliant and its finest days are forward.”
Anderson was bailed on Saturday together with a 33-year-old man from West Derby, Liverpool, and a 46-year-old man from Ainsdale, who have been additionally held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation, and a 25-year-old man from Ormskirk and a 72-year-old man from Aigburth, in Liverpool, who have been detained on suspicion of witness intimidation.
The daddy of 4, who lives within the Outdated Swan space of the town, was elected mayor of Liverpool in 2012, having been on the council since 1998.