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WATCH: Metro Mayor debate at six on Granada Reports

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On Granada Reports at six tonight Lucy Meacock will be hosting a special debate ahead of the Metro Mayor elections in the Liverpool City Region. Viewers will put their questions to the leading candidates.

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The biggest political changes in a generation are happening right here in the North West, Lucy will be speaking to:

  • Tony Caldeira - Conservatives
  • Councillor Carl Cashman - Liberal Democrats
  • Steve Rotheram MP - Labour
  • Paula Walters - Ukip
  • Tom Crone - Green Party
  1. Andy Bonner, ITV News

Special report: Is there a shortage of skilled jobs in the North West?

The Liverpool city region has a skills gap. Credit: ITV News.

Government figures out this week show that unemployment has now fallen to under 5% in the north west.

But in and around Liverpool there are fears that the jobs that are being created are too often low paid and unskilled.

It's an issue that's caught the eye of the city region's metro mayor candidates as the winner will have powers over employment and skills to kick-start the local economy.

Andy Bonner has been visiting a scheme which could become a blueprint for future growth:


Watch: Dan Hewitt gets reaction from Liverpool Mayor favourite Steve Rotheram

Yesterday Andy Burnham was selected as Labour's candidate to be Mayor of Greater Manchester. Today it was the turn of members in the Liverpool City Region to make their choice.

Walton MP Steve Rotheram beat the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger to win the contest.

In a region dominated by Labour Mr Rotheram is now the clear favourite to win the Mayoral election next May.

ITV Granada's Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt was at the announcement in Liverpool: