Liverpool elected mayor candidates announced

Twelve candidates have been nominated to stand as Liverpool's first directly elected mayor.

Nominations closed at midday and voters will go to the polls on 3 May.

Among the 12 are four members of Liverpool City Council, including Labour leader Joe Anderson and Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp.

Tony Caldeira is the Conservative candidate. Steve Radford from the Liberal Party and John Coyne for the Green Party are also standing.

Paul Rimmer is standing for the English Democrats, Adam Heatherington for UKIP, Tony Mulhearn for the Trade Union and Socialist Party, Mike Whitby for the BNP and Peter Tierney for the National Front.

There are also two Independents, Liam Fogarty and Jeff Berman.

Councillors voted earlier this year to bypass a referendum on the issue and hold elections for the post in May.

The council said by moving to the mayoral model the city would improve its chances of receiving £130m in government funds.

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