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Liverpool’s mayor arrested in connection with building contract bribery

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has been arrested and bailed as part of an investigation by Merseyside Police into building and development contracts in the city.

He was one of three men to be arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation on Friday 4 December. Two others were arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation.

An update on the Merseyside Police website, published on 5 December, states that all five “have been released on condition bail, pending further inquiries".

The Labour Party has since suspended Anderson from the party. He has been mayor since 2012.

The Liverpool Echo reports that in a statement, Anderson said he was arrested  as part of ‘Operation Aloft’ and interviewed for six hours.

“I cooperated fully with Merseyside Police and will continue to be cooperative in their continuing enquiries...

“I also support the Labour Party’s decision to apply an administrative suspension while this investigation continues.

“I have been bailed to return in one month’s time. Given the investigation is continuing, and there are bail conditions, I will not be making any further comments.”

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