Liverpool's Labour group is moving closer to a move to scrap the position of city mayor.

The ECHO understands that a consensus is building within the group to potentially hold a vote to remove the position altogether and revert back to a leader and cabinet model after May's elections.

Although there are still group members who currently believe the mayoral system should remain.

The ruling group is reeling from Labour's dramatic decision this week to tear up its agreed shortlist of candidates for the vacant party mayoral nomination without explanation.

Cllrs Wendy Simon, Ann O'Byrne and Anna Rothery had all been told they were on the shortlist, only to find out on Tuesday that applications had been reopened and that they would not now be considered for the role.

The move by Labour has prompted anger across the city and wider party membership and has left Liverpool's group of Labour councillors furious.

With the national party now moving into a new selection process, the councillors are potentially plotting a move that could torpedo that process before it gets going.

It is understood that the group are now highly likely to push for a new vote on removing the mayoral position altogether when the current term finishes at May's elections.

It is believed that this can be achieved through a simple majority vote at an extraordinary full council meeting - and could potentially happen as soon as Wednesday, when the full council is arranged to meet for a budget meeting.

If this is not possible, a one-off extraordinary meeting could be called soon after.

Discussions have been ongoing within the group and the ECHO understands that there is now a likely consensus to push for the vote and pass it before the election.

This move is likely to be confirmed at an emergency group meeting this weekend.

However, the group is still waiting to find out from the council itself if it will be possible to hold the vote - but party sources are confident this can happen.

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If it does - and the vote passes - then the city will scrap the position of mayor from May onwards, returning to the leader and cabinet model it had in place before 2012.

Under the current rules of this model, the group of councillors with the largest number of seats would then be able to vote in their new leader.

The ECHO understands that current Acting Mayor Wendy Simon would be in pole position to win a vote of Labour councillors after the elections.