Liverpool Council leader confronted on jobs march

Hundreds of people marched through Liverpool in protest against plans to cut 1,500 jobs at the city council.

The Labour-run authority said it needed to save £141m over the next three years, including £91m in 2011-12, because of government spending cuts.

Leader Joe Anderson joined the march to show solidarity with those affected but faced chants and was confronted by at least one protester.

"I can understand why people are angry," he told the BBC.

"People are angry because jobs are being shed, services are being reduced. From my point of view it's quite simple - somebody's got to manage the council and that's what I intend to do," he said.

"But the fact of the matter is that we've got no choice but to do what we are doing.

"I'm a trade unionist, I'm a socialist, I've been one all my life and as far as I'm concerned I share people's pain and I share their anger."

Protesters gathered at St George's Hall before marching through the streets of the city.

Merseyside Police estimated that about 500 people took part.

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