ANOTHER fraud scandal has rocked the Labour Party, with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson arrested today as part of a shocking fraud investigation.
Anderson, who has been the sitting mayor of Liverpool for a decade, was one of five men arrested across Merseyside today in an investigation into ‘crooked’ building and development contracts in the city.
The mayor is currently being interviewed by police on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
A Liverpool city council spokeswoman said: “Liverpool city council is cooperating with Merseyside police in relation to its ongoing investigation. We do not comment on matters relating to individuals.”
The others arrested are: a 72-year-old man from Aigburth, on suspicion of witness intimidation; a 33-year-old man from West Derby, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation; a 46-year-old man from Ainsdale, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation; and a 25-year-old man from Ormskirk, on suspicion of witness intimidation.
Labour leader Keir Starmer is yet to issue a formal statement, but Anderson has been ‘administratively suspended’ from the party.
The shock arrest comes as another prominent Labour politician, MP Apsana Begum, is due to appear in court on the 10th December after being charged with housing fraud.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.