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OBE for Joe Anderson

Mayor 'surprised and humbled' at Queen's Birthday honour

Published on June 15th 2012.

OBE for Joe Anderson

JOE Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool,  has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 54-year-old former social worker was given the gong for services to local government.

Anderson, who was leader of the City Council before becoming the first-ever directly elected mayor of the city just a few weeks ago , said: “I am very surprised and humbled to receive this honour and regard it as much for the people of the city as for myself.

It is particularly pleasing that it should be made during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year.”

Mayor Anderson left school at 16 and joined the Merchant Navy and later P&O Ferries, spending 12 years at sea.

By the age of 20, he was a steward of the National Union of Seamen and became the youngest ever convener.

Services to local government: Joe AndersonServices to local government: Joe Anderson

His subsequent career brought him back to Liverpool, where he studied for a degree in social work at Liverpool John Moores University, and then went on to become a social worker for Sefton Council in 1992.

He moved into education welfare and was appointed to lead a social inclusion unit for young people with behavioural and emotional difficulties. He also studied Labour History at Liverpool University.

Anderson was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, the place where he grew up. He became Leader of the Labour Group on the council three years later, and Leader of the Council in 2010.

Joe is married to Marg and has four children and two grandchildren. 

Gary Barlow also gets one.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 22nd 2012.

Mike Storey did nothing for Liverpool and has 3 gongs - a joke! Joe Anderson has done nothing for Liverpool and has now got a gong - not as much a joke as Mike Storey! Yet Warren Bradley delivers the regeneration of the City Centre, the Arena, the Pier Head canal link, Capital of Culture, new libraries, schools and sports centres and because he dared to speak out for the people of the city got hounded out and stitched up - come on Liverpool, lets speak up for Warren and get him what the other 2 got but don't deserve.

2 Responses: Reply To This...
scouse690June 27th 2012.

Mike Storey....zilch for Liverpool!!
Warren Bradley...Even bloody worse, he got us into so much debt, his face was always in the papers,and that's all he did...self promotion and he DIDN'T deliver what you've said above...He just revelled in it...LOOK at the facts!!!

scouse690June 27th 2012.

WB was verging on being as bad as Derek Hatton...I do agree with you that Joe A should prove his worth, before getting any recognition....after all, we are all council tax payers...well i am!!

Of course it's not meJune 23rd 2012.

This is by far the greatest comment I have ever read in the history of Liverpool Confidential. I wish I knew the author so I could shake their hand.

Clarence StreetJune 23rd 2012.

If he grew up in Abercrombie, why does he have such a North End accent?

Tony BrokeJune 23rd 2012.

Gary Barlow has a gong for services to he banking sector of Jersey

Keir Hardie's CapJune 29th 2012.

And the Conservative Party...

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