Former Prime Minister Lord Heseltine's is being recognised for his 30-year association with the regeneration of Merseyside. He said:
"I don't know of any other occasion when a city so entrenched in a culture of the left should recognise a Conservative ex-minister in this way.
As a freeman of Liverpool Lord Heseltine will see his name added to the city's Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions. Others on the roll include the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, Cancer Research and the Hillsborough Families.
He has worked with me to push the Government hard to win new powers and substantial extra investment for our future regeneration plans which are now set to transform the face of Liverpool. He will be a worthy recipient of the freedom of the city.
Michael Heseltine will be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool today. He was Minister for Merseyside in the 1980s and set up the Merseyside Development Corporation which restored Albert Dock. He also helped start the clean-up of the River Mersey.