Joe Anderson (politician)
|Mayor of Liverpool|
4 May 2012
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Alma mater||Liverpool John Moores University|
Joseph Anderson OBE (born 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who is the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool, having been elected with 57% of the vote on 3 May 2012. He previously served as leader of Liverpool City Council from the 2010 Council election until the 2012 Mayoral election. He is the first Labour Leader of the Council since 1998, the same year he was first elected as a Councillor. He is also on the board of directors at Liverpool Vision, an Economic Development Company within the city.
Anderson was first elected as a city councillor in 1988, representing the Abercromby ward. In 2003, he became the Leader of the Labour Group on Liverpool City Council, and in 2010 became the Leader of the Council, when Labour gained a majority of seats in the city.
Previously he been on the board of the Liverpool Culture Company, a group involved in developing a programme of events for Liverpool's year long position as European Capital of Culture in 2008. However, he resigned this position in 2007 after stating his concern at the lack of community involvement in planned events, alleging that an elitist attitude was developing among the board.
Anderson was born in Liverpool in 1958, the son of an office cleaner and merchant seaman. He lived in Dingle during his early life, attending St Vincent Primary School and St Martins Secondary School, before leaving school at 16 without any qualifications.
Anderson joined the Merchant Navy when he left school and later worked in the leisure industry. He then attended Liverpool John Moores University as a mature student and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, allowing him to become a full-time social worker. He later gave up his position as a social worker upon becoming the Leader of the Council.
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|Leader of Liverpool City Council
|New creation||Mayor of Liverpool