Liverpool elects first black woman to lead a major British city



The birthplace of the Beatles has welcomed another cultural milestone: the first Black woman to head a major British city.

Joanne Anderson, who represents the Labour party, was elected mayor of Liverpool this week, after two years on the city council, according to the BBC.

“Liverpool has always been a city of firsts — one that does things differently and that charters its own path,” said Anderson, who is also the first female to be elected mayor of Liverpool. “Today we made history.”

She was voted into office after the previous mayor, Joe Anderson, no relation, was arrested in December on bribery charges.

“Today is the beginning of the fresh start we all want and need,” Anderson said.

The victory for Labour in Liverpool comes amid nationwide victories for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, who boosted their parliamentary majority with this week’s election results, according to Reuters.

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