LFC fan picked as mayor of Culture
May 9 2007
by Larry Neild, Liverpool Daily Post
LIVERPOOL FC season ticket holder and father-of-three Steve Rotheram is set to become the city’s Culture Year lord mayor and at 45 will be one of Liver- pool’s youngest-ever first citizens.
Cllr Rotheram only joined the city council five years ago as a Labour councillor for Fazakerley, but he quickly rose through the ranks to become opposition spokesman on culture and leisure.
His name will be put forward as deputy lord mayor at the council’s annual meeting later this month.
By tradition, the deputy lord mayor is elevated to the Lord Mayoralty the following year. That would see Cllr Rotheram taking pride of place at the town hall from May, 2008.
This year’s deputy Lord Mayor, Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Clark, will succeed party colleague Cllr Joan Lang as lord mayor at the annual meeting.
Because the ruling Liberal Democrats have selected lord mayors for two years running, the usual protocol will be applied, handing the choice to Labour for 2008-9. There has been wide speculation that former leader Cllr Mike Storey might be offered the prized job in culture year. He was first to deny the speculation.
Last night, Labour leader Cllr Joe Anderson said: “I will be put- ting forward Steve Rotheram as deputy lord mayor with a view to him being lord mayor a year later.
“ I believe Steve will make an excellent lord mayor for the city in what will be one of the most important years in our history.
“As one of the youngest-ever people to hold the post, he will bring a youthful and fresh face to the position of lord mayor. He is a family man and will be a really good ambassador for our city when the eyes of the world are focused upon us.”
Cllr Rotheram, who lives in Aintree (not real aintree more the vale),
said last night: “I am deeply honoured that my council colleagues want me as our lord mayor. If I am selected, I know I will put my heart into the task.”
Cllr Rotheram is married to Sandra and the couple have three children, StephenIts spelt Steven
, 15, Hayley, 11 and Samantha, nine.
Cllr Rotheram serves on the Hillsborough Disaster Working Party, and is a member of the trustee board at LIPA, as well as a trustee at St George’s Hall.