Biography

Joe Anderson was born in 1958, the son of a merchant seaman and an office cleaner, in a city centre tenement called Kent Gardens near the Dingle.

One of six children, he attended St Vincent Primary School, where today he serves as a school governor, and St Martins Secondary School.

He left school at 16, and joined the Merchant Navy and later P&O Ferries, spending 12 years at sea.  At 20 he was a steward of the National Union of Seamen and became the youngest ever convener.

It was also in his early 20s that he started to read political biographies, and in his own words, self-educate himself.

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. Joe also studied Labour History at Liverpool University.

Joe was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, became Leader of the Labour Group three years later, and Leader of the Council in 2010.

In May 2012, Joe stood as the Labour Party candidate in the first-ever direct elections for the citywide Mayor of Liverpool. He won on the first ballot with a majority of 50,000 votes, securing almost 60 per cent of all votes cast.

Joe is married to Marg and has four children – Joanne (a councillor), Tony, David, Michael; grandchildren Thomas and Lucy and lives in Old Swan. Joe was awarded the OBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list in 2012.

Joe is hugely ambitious for Liverpool, passionate about the future and devoted to the city’s prospects as a thriving, growing and prosperous city.

He ardently believes Liverpool’s best days lie ahead as a leading world-class city.