Liverpool town hall council chamber
LIVERPOOL will vote for an elected mayor on May 3 after the city council tonight passed a motion to change the current leadership structure.
In total, 62 councillors voted in favour of the move to elect a mayor and ditch the role of council leader.
Three councillors voted against the proposal and there were 12 abstentions.
The plan was put forward by council leader Joe Anderson, as it will unlock £130m extra funding from the Government.
Speaking just before the vote this evening, Cllr Anderson said: "This city council has an opportunity to kick on and develop parts of our city that are desperate for investment and regeneration.
"The problems we face as a city are deep-rooted. The people of Liverpool aren't prepared to stand around and wait while we discuss constitutional minutiae.
"The people of this city want someone to take urgent, bold, decisive action to solve our city's problems."
Earlier on, Liberal Democrat councillor Eddie Clein had warned: "What you are about to see in Liverpool tonight is a tsunami of change.
"It's so big you had better get it right."
Paula Keaveney, Liberal Democrat councillor for Cressington, said the decision to bypass a referendum on having an elected mayor was "denying the people of Liverpool democracy."
She said: "We should hang our heads in shame for denying the people of Liverpool their say."
*Re-read City editor David Bartlett's updates from the council session in his live blog below: