Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson arrested in fraud investigation

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has been arrested as part of a fraud investigation and suspended from the Labour party.

What a contrast to the Graham Brown case! – Owl

Josh Halliday www.theguardian.com 

Anderson, who has led Liverpool for a decade, was one of five men arrested across Merseyside on Friday in an investigation into building and development contracts in the city. He is being interviewed by police on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

Merseyside police have not named any of the men arrested, but the Guardian has been told by several sources that the 62-year-old mayor is one of those being held.

A Liverpool city council spokeswoman said: “Liverpool city council is cooperating with Merseyside police in relation to its ongoing investigation. We do not comment on matters relating to individuals.”

The others arrested are: a 72-year-old man from Aigburth, on suspicion of witness intimidation; a 33-year-old man from West Derby, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation; a 46-year-old man from Ainsdale, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation; and a 25-year-old man from Ormskirk, on suspicion of witness intimidation.

Sources said Anderson had been suspended from the Labour party in light of his arrest. A former social worker and publican, he has led the city since 2010 and has been mayor since 2012. He has been a councillor in Liverpool for 22 years and leader of the Labour group since 2003.

He ran unsuccessfully to be the mayor of the Liverpool city region, a post won by the former Labour MP Steve Rotheram, and to be an MP for Liverpool Walton in 2017. Last year he secured the Labour party selection to run to be mayor of the city for a third term in May’s delayed elections.

Anderson’s eldest brother, Bill, died in October after contracting coronavirus. The mayor has spent most of 2020 shielding at home due to underlying health conditions.

One thought on “Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson arrested in fraud investigation

  1. Much as I am critical of Devon & Cornwall Police for not investigating the Graham Brown case with any genuine intent – as well as for apparently ignoring at least 3 other formal complaints of corruption and embezzlement that I am aware of – this is significantly different in scale.

    Allegations of Witness Intimidation (presumably witnesses who are part of an existing investigation or prosecution) or (perhaps) bribery of witnesses to change their testimony are IMO far more serious than boasts of corrupt planning.

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