Liverpool has made history by electing Joanne Anderson as Mayor.
She becomes not just the first woman to hold the top political job at Liverpool City Council – but also the first black female to lead a UK city.
Joanne secured the most votes in the city-wide vote held on Thursday.
The Mayor-elect said: “I really want to show what an excellent job I can do for the city.
“The first thing I want to do is apologise to the city for what’s happened under the previous administration. I will do everything in my power to make it right…to make sure that we have an accountable, transparent local authority that the people of Liverpool deserve.
“I do, however, want to be hopeful about our future. We have so much opportunity ahead of us, particularly as we build the city that we want post-Covid.
“We need to build a city that looks after its people, that is fair and caring, that is transparent but also aspirational.”
Joanne received a total of 46,493 votes after the first and second preference votes were counted.
On a so-called super-Thursday, which saw residents asked to cast their vote in four separate elections, Steve Rotheram was re-elected as Metro Mayor for Liverpool City Region and Emily Spurrell became the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Merseyside.
There were also elections for 31 council seats in Liverpool.