Metro mayor Steve Rotheram warned today that the Liverpool City Region is facing a homelessness crisis during a debate with fellow mayoral candidates.

The candidates spoke on BBC Radio Merseyside earlier today as local elections draw nearer.

Rotheram said Liverpool was facing an exponential growth in the levels of homelessness because of failing government policy.

Liberal Democrats candidate Rob McAllister-Bell responded by telling listeners that his mother had experienced homelessness herself.

Elsewhere, the Conservative candidate Jade Marsden told listeners that more high quality jobs need to be created to keep talent in the city region.

Mr Rotheram has promised that the new film studio set to replace the old Littlewoods building will be “the Hollywood of the north”.

Other issues discussed included transport, green energy and boosting Liverpool’s national image.

The people of Merseyside will go to the polls to elect their new Metro Mayor on the 2nd May.

The candidates set out their election campaigns and spoke about issues such as homelessness, transport and jobs.


The incumbent, Labour’s Steve Rotheram faces four challengers.

Jade Marsden – Conservative

Tom Crone – Green Party

Rob McAllister-Bell – Liberal Democrats

Ian Smith – Independent

Additional reporting by Emily Smith.

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