Political differences in Liverpool have been set aside in the fight against Covid-19.
Today, a special virtual call took place which saw Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson join the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrats health lead MP Munira Wilson and the Leader of the city’s Liberal Democrat party Richard Kemp to talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Liverpool.
Dozens of other Liberal Democrats representatives joined the hour-long call which focused on the mass testing efforts in the city and how everyone could work together on a recovery plan for Liverpool.
Mayor Anderson said: “It’s essential everyone works together for the greater good – so regardless of your politics, we have the one goal – to fight this virus and protect the people of Liverpool.
“Sharing our experience will undoubtedly help others, and by talking to Ed, Richard and the many councillors on the call, we can talk about the huge logistical exercise we are undertaking and the lessons we are learning every day.
Ed Davey MP said: “it’s wonderful to see cross-party colleagues working together. Liverpool is showing the way for the rest of the country and we are following what is happening closely so we can benefit from the leadership shown in Liverpool.”
Munira Wilson MP said: “It’s fantastic this testing effort has been brought together so quickly. We are of course encouraged by news about a potential vaccine, but that is some way off so we must learn lessons from cities like Liverpool who are making strides to achieve real, positive change.”
Councillor Richard Kemp said: “We don’t always agree on issues but we will continue to work together on this issue. Anything we can do together is vital – we’re dealing with these issues on behalf of some of the poorest communities in the country and the more we work together the better it will be for them.”