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New Liverpool Labour Leader impresses Downtown audience

The recently elected leader of the Liverpool City Council Labour Group, Councillor Liam Robinson, was the guest speaker at Downtown in Business Liverpool first event of 2023, at an exclusive Breakfast Forum at the magnificent Gaucho Restaurant on Thursday morning.

In conversation with DIB boss Frank McKenna, Councillor Robinson covered a range of issues including the councils financial challenges, its difficulties in dealing with planning applications, his ambition to improve education, and ultimately skills in the city, his support for a thriving airport, and his understanding of the need for businesses to succeed in Liverpool, in order for the city’s economy to grow.  

He also said that his positive relationship with metro mayor Steve Rotheram can help deliver the progress he wants to see – and accepted that, whoever is in charge of government, he needs to have a constructive leader with ministers and Whitehall officials to get the best deal for Liverpool.

Speaking after the event, William Baldwin, from event sponsor Sutcliffe, said:

“I was really impressed with Liam. He clearly knows the challenges the city faces, but he has a plan to tackle and overcome them. Importantly, he seems to have an understanding of business. Rightly or wrongly, many of us have felt that the council has been anti-business for a couple of years. I think that will change under Councillor Robinson’s leadership.”

The Principal of the City of Liverpool College Elaine Bowker added:

“It was refreshing to hear him talking so passionately about the education and skills agenda. We look forward to working in partnership with the city council to help Liam deliver his ambitious plans in this crucial policy area.”

The Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram will be the guest speaker at a DIB breakfast event on Tuesday 28th March. CLICK HERE to register your interest. 

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