Phil Halsall was a well-respected chief executive with major successes to his credit including enterprise zones and the Preston city deal. But when Labour took over the county council, questions began to emerge, not least over the aborted transport contract.
He has always defended his integrity and denied doing anything wrong. The new council administration clearly felt otherwise. A barrister, appointed by the government, was officially investigating what, if anything, had happened.
Joe Anderson is an outspoken council leader but this is a particularly stark warning. In effect the mayor is saying the government's cuts will lead to rioting, violence and injury on the streets of Liverpool.
It is true the big cities have been hit hardest by the cuts. This is partly because they are more reliant than other areas on direct government funding, rather than local council tax payers.
On Tuesday, at three BAE sites, workers will be told the grim news.
Workers may well be shocked, having assumed that the uncertainty of the government's defence review was behind them. But there is a longer-term problem of fewer Typhoons being ordered than expected. BAE is hoping to win new export deals shortly to countries including Malaysia, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Arif Ansari is the BBC's political editor in the North West of England.
He's worked for the BBC for just over 10 years.
After starting his career in local radio, Arif spent seven years working as a political reporter at Westminster. He has covered the last three general elections and interviewed all the major party leaders.
Arif was born in Crosby, Liverpool and is enjoying reporting politics back on home territory.
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