Hello! I'm David Newman, and I've stepped forward to be the next Metro Mayor of Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley and Halton.
I'll be honest. I wasn't meant to be standing in this election. 30 year old Wirral Councillor, Andy Corkhill, was the Liberal Democrat candidate until a couple of weeks ago. He sadly had to withdraw because of a long fight with cancer and is recovering from a very serious operation. You can find out more and how to wish him well here.
However, I'm here because I want the Liverpool City Region to step forward.
I live in Southport with my young family. My partner and I are fortunate to work, own a house and live a happy and healthy life.
But for many across Merseyside and Halton, circumstances, not least caused by Covid-19, are leaving people behind.
This region requires real leadership. Someone who offers a real direction, tackles the climate emergency, fixes our broken transport network and offers hope to many businesses affected by Covid-19.
I'm ready to step forward. Are you?