The Metro Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role following his arrest earlier this month.
Labour’s Anderson, 62, was arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and bribery on December 4 alonside four alleged accomplices. All five have been released pending further investigation.
Joe Anderson said in a public statement he would be leave the council following a period of unpaid leave until the police make clear their intentions with the investigation.
Deputy mayor Wendy Simon will replace Anderson, who has also been temporarily suspended from the Labour Party.
In a statement, Anderson said: “I have always done what I believe is best for the city, and I am taking the following action with those best intentions in mind. For this reason, I believe it is important that the city, and government, are reassured that our city is indeed operating in the correct way. I am, therefore, stepping away from decision-making within the council through a period of unpaid leave, until the police make clear their intentions with the investigation on the 31 December.”