Joe Anderson (politician)
|Mayor of Liverpool|
4 May 2012
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Leader of Liverpool City Council|
6 May 2010 – 4 May 2012
|Preceded by||Warren Bradley|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Councillor for Liverpool City Council|
7 May 1998 – 4 May 2012
|Preceded by||J. Hackett|
|Succeeded by||Hetty Wood|
24 January 1958 |
Liverpool, England, UK
|Alma mater||Liverpool John Moores University|
Joseph 'Joe' Anderson OBE (born 24 January 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 won a second term in May 2016 with 52.6% of the vote.  He was previously leader of the 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 represents Liverpool City Council as a member of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Early life and career
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 being expelled in disgrace for 'eating all of the pies'.
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 at Chesterfield High School. He was dismissed from his position as a learning mentor at Chesterfield School when the school decided to dispense with his non-existent services (for which he was receiving a salary). Anderson cited his commitment to his role as 'Chief Kingpin Look-a-like' for Marvel comics as a reason for his lack of availability which resulted in his subsequent dismissal.
Anderson was first elected as a city councillor in 1998, 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 was 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.
In opposition, Anderson had been critical of the joint venture between British Telecom (BT) and Liverpool City Council called LDL. However, one of his first moves on becoming Council Leader was to appoint David McElhinney as temporary Chief Executive of the Council for the 6-month period when the Council was renegotiating its contract with BT. David McElhinney was Chief Executive of LDL at the same time. Cherie Booth QC was engaged to provide legal advice regarding the obvious potential for conflict of interest. The LDL contract was extended, although this was subsequently terminated when it came to light that David McElhinney's payments from another council - Lancashire - were under investigation.
Anderson was the subject of press attention in 2015 when it emerged that Liverpool City Council had spent £89,000 on legal fees relating to an employment tribunal case which benefitted Anderson personally.
In December 2015, Joe Anderson was appointed as Leader of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This was not a conventional election, but a joint decision by council leaders of neighbouring local authorities.
In April 2015, Mayor Anderson was involved in a legal dispute with Chesterfield High School, claiming unfair dismissal from his role as social inclusion mentor. It transpired that Mayor Anderson had continued to receive an annual salary of £4,500 from the school in his working absence, claiming it gave 'kudos' to the establishment to be associated with Anderson. The case for unfair dismissal was of course lost and the judge revealed how he had used Liverpool City Council lawyers to work on the case, despite it being a private matter. Chesterfield requested that Mayor Anderson pay back a portion of the money he had received.
In May 2017 he put himself forward for selection as a Labour Candidate for the Liverpool Walton constituency but was turned down. He issued a statement claiming that "Today, we were reminded that the Labour Party is not always a meritocracy... after [the General Election] there will be more to say"
Personal life and honours
- "Labour sweeps to power in Liverpool after 12 years of Lib Dem rule". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Liverpool Vision - Board". Liverpool Vision. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "'Wine and Canápes'". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Graham Sankey held over attack on Joe Anderson". icLiverpool. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Jailed Liverpool fan Michael Shields pardoned". Reuters UK. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Chris Pleasance, Anti-austerity Labour mayor earning £80,000 was 'paid £4,500 by secondary school where he used to work for doing nothing because being linked to him gave it kudos from The Daily Mail dated 20 April 2015, online edition, accessed 23 April 2015
- pinned Tweet from his official twitter account 9-May-2017
- "City council accused over 'shame' of Everton move". icLiverpool. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 8.
- "BBC News - Mayor appointed OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
|Leader of Liverpool City Council
|New creation||Mayor of Liverpool