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Who Governs Merseyside: Results of the Public Vote

Who Governs Merseyside: Results of the Public Vote

Merseyside residents were invited to vote either following our well-attended first event on 'Who governs Merseyside?’, held at the Bluecoat on 6 October 2011, or on-line via Each participant in the vote was asked to select up to five individuals who they felt have the most power to shape public policy on Merseyside, including the option to make their own nominations. 

A total of 71 ballots were submitted, of which 21 were submitted following the first event and 50 via the on-line voting mechanism made available for one week after the event. Not all of the paper and on-line ballots included votes/nominations for five individuals. In addition, some of the votes had to be disregarded (see below). As a result, the total number of valid votes received was 289.

The 289 votes cast were split among 33 individuals. There were two very clear leaders  – John Whittaker, the founder and Chair of the Peel Group (40 votes) and Cllr Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council (38 votes).  These two were followed by Eric Pickles, the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (24 votes); Neil Scales, the Chief Executive of Merseytravel (19 votes) and Rod Holmes, the Chair of the Mersey Partnership (18 votes).

While we promoted the public vote as widely as possible, we were very disappointed by relatively small number of votes which were received.

Having identified the people with the 'reputation’ for having holding power locally, we will now invite these people to participate in a second event at the Bluecoat to discuss their own views on what power they hold, how they use it, and how they can be held to account by local people. This event will take place at the end of November 2011 (date to be confirmed).

Please click here to download further information, including the full results of the public vote.

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