Conservative victory in Wirral by-elections

Wirral Globe: Conservative victory in Wirral by-elections Conservative victory in Wirral by-elections

WIRRAL Tories came out on top at last night’s by-elections.

Residents in Heswall and Leasowe and Moreton East voted for Conservative councillors following the deaths of Cllr Peter Johnson and Cllr Anne McArdle.

The by-elections leave Labour with 36 seats and still in overall control of Wirral Council, Conservatives have 22 and the Liberal Democrats seven.

Ian Lewis, who lost his Leasowe and Moreton East seat last May, was re-elected in the area while former mayoress Kathryn Hodson pulled in the most votes in Heswall ward.

Heswall saw a turn-out of just 19.7% with Conservatives scoring a majority of 794.

UKIP candidate David Scott received 460 votes; Labour’s Mike Holliday 289; Green Party’s Barbara Burton, 110 and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts Greg North polled 19 votes.

Councillor Kathryn Hodson said she was now looking forward to working for Heswall residents.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted with the result but am of course saddened by the circumstances in which the by-election took place as Cllr Johnson was a good friend.

“The turn-out was low but that was to be expected due to the weather and the percentage of people voting Conservative has gone up.

“I have been involved in local politics for a long time with my husband Andrew who is also Heswall councillor and as mayoress.

"But my job now is to make a very strong team in Heswall ward and do our utmost to make sure that Heswall get good value for their council tax as they are highest payers in the borough.”

Turn-out in Leasowe and Moreton East was higher at 30.5% with Cllr Lewis getting 1,620 votes while actress and comedienne Pauline Daniels, who stood for Labour, followed closely behind with 1,355.

UKIP candidate Susan Whitham polled 148 votes; Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts candidate, 31; while Green Party’s Jim McGinley and Lib Dem Daniel Clein both received 28 votes.

Councillor Lewis said: “In a general election, most people in Leasowe and Moreton vote Labour but a council by-election is very different from a general election.

“On the doorsteps, people were telling us how they would vote for me, whatever the party, because I was committed to putting the needs of the community first and party politics second.

"Labour fought this campaign on national issues when people wanted a councillor to deal with local problems, and they used negative campaigning when people want positive reasons to vote for someone.

"In what are difficult economic and political times, locally as well as nationally, winning Leasowe and Moreton East was always going to be an uphill struggle.

"However, thanks to a brilliant team of volunteers from the local community and beyond, and fighting this election on local issues, we managed to pull off a fantastic win."

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11:18am Fri 18 Jan 13

bigfoot says...

This isn't support of the Torys it is a reflection of how fed up the electorate is with the antics of the ruling party and their accolites.
This isn't support of the Torys it is a reflection of how fed up the electorate is with the antics of the ruling party and their accolites. bigfoot

11:35am Fri 18 Jan 13

David Scott says...

My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way.
My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way. David Scott

2:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Wood61 says...

Actually it's a recognition of the fact that Ian was too good to lose!
Actually it's a recognition of the fact that Ian was too good to lose! Wood61

5:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

Who are the numb-sculls in Heswall who decided to put twice as much money into one household to just get the same result Nothing.

If the electors would have had enough sense, they could have spread the trough of plenty into some different location and got more for their money, instead of just more of the same, that has proved to be so ineffectual for the past twenty years.
Who are the numb-sculls in Heswall who decided to put twice as much money into one household to just get the same result Nothing. If the electors would have had enough sense, they could have spread the trough of plenty into some different location and got more for their money, instead of just more of the same, that has proved to be so ineffectual for the past twenty years. Hugo1008

8:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

David Scott says...

Many people are anxious about 'letting Labour in', just as in other places people are determined to keep the Tories out'. For me, when the slogans are stripped away, those parties want and do much the same. Anyone watching Question Time last night would have seen that.
Many people are anxious about 'letting Labour in', just as in other places people are determined to keep the Tories out'. For me, when the slogans are stripped away, those parties want and do much the same. Anyone watching Question Time last night would have seen that. David Scott

10:21am Sat 19 Jan 13

Dantealighieri says...

David Scott- Good effort, and quite right about Question Time. UKIP honesty versus meaningless waffle. The programme is still available on the BBC website.
David Scott- Good effort, and quite right about Question Time. UKIP honesty versus meaningless waffle. The programme is still available on the BBC website. Dantealighieri

11:52am Sat 19 Jan 13

PaulCa says...

UKIP are queuing at the trough of plenty, ready to plunge their snouts in.

That's what propels and motivates them - along with Tory, LibDem and Torylite Labour.

Be very afraid.
UKIP are queuing at the trough of plenty, ready to plunge their snouts in. That's what propels and motivates them - along with Tory, LibDem and Torylite Labour. Be very afraid. PaulCa

1:24pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Dantealighieri says...

PaulCa- Read your post. Not really a great deal one can say to counter such a erudite contribution to the debate over the UK's future. Still, it's a little better than your last effort on UKIP.That UKIP is a party that appeals to cerebrally challenged terminally stupid right wing nut jobs. I always find that sort of thing highly amusing, mainly because it says more about the limited political intellect of people like yourself, and others, than it ever says about UKIP and its supporters.
PaulCa- Read your post. Not really a great deal one can say to counter such a erudite contribution to the debate over the UK's future. Still, it's a little better than your last effort on UKIP.That UKIP is a party that appeals to cerebrally challenged terminally stupid right wing nut jobs. I always find that sort of thing highly amusing, mainly because it says more about the limited political intellect of people like yourself, and others, than it ever says about UKIP and its supporters. Dantealighieri

2:08pm Sat 19 Jan 13

PaulCa says...

Dantealighieri wrote:
PaulCa- Read your post. Not really a great deal one can say to counter such a erudite contribution to the debate over the UK's future. Still, it's a little better than your last effort on UKIP.That UKIP is a party that appeals to cerebrally challenged terminally stupid right wing nut jobs. I always find that sort of thing highly amusing, mainly because it says more about the limited political intellect of people like yourself, and others, than it ever says about UKIP and its supporters.
Suggest you read and research a lot more of my posts to these comments pages.

All the same, thanks for "Retweeting" my prior contribution.

best regards,
[quote][p][bold]Dantealighieri [/bold] wrote: PaulCa- Read your post. Not really a great deal one can say to counter such a erudite contribution to the debate over the UK's future. Still, it's a little better than your last effort on UKIP.That UKIP is a party that appeals to cerebrally challenged terminally stupid right wing nut jobs. I always find that sort of thing highly amusing, mainly because it says more about the limited political intellect of people like yourself, and others, than it ever says about UKIP and its supporters.[/p][/quote]Suggest you read and research a lot more of my posts to these comments pages. All the same, thanks for "Retweeting" my prior contribution. best regards, PaulCa

4:25pm Sat 19 Jan 13

johnhardaker says...

Let us hope the Entire team of M.D & company secretary can clean up Wirral Council, at least it will cut down on mileage expenses as they can both travel in the same car to Brighton Street Good luck with the cleanup.
Let us hope the Entire team of M.D & company secretary can clean up Wirral Council, at least it will cut down on mileage expenses as they can both travel in the same car to Brighton Street Good luck with the cleanup. johnhardaker

4:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Spy from above says...

The list labour are putting up for 2014 are the good old sexist comedian in leasowe and failed buisness women who is buisness manager currently working for wirral council in claughton and dont forget the deselected councillor in new brighton Not sure what labour are playing at but they don't look like they want to win the next election
The list labour are putting up for 2014 are the good old sexist comedian in leasowe and failed buisness women who is buisness manager currently working for wirral council in claughton and dont forget the deselected councillor in new brighton Not sure what labour are playing at but they don't look like they want to win the next election Spy from above

1:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Mr Bollo says...

David Scott wrote:
My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way.
Yes 'well done'. 21.6% of a 19.7% turnout makes that.....

4.3% of the voting population.

So even in an area like Heswall, where you would expect UKIP to do well, this is seen a good result?

Stunning!
[quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way.[/p][/quote]Yes 'well done'. 21.6% of a 19.7% turnout makes that..... 4.3% of the voting population. So even in an area like Heswall, where you would expect UKIP to do well, this is seen a good result? Stunning! Mr Bollo

1:34pm Wed 23 Jan 13

bickyboy says...

Its good to see a little bit of success for UKIP, although not quite enough to elect their first councillor on the Wirral. For the people of Britain to have some hope of a better future, SOMEONE has to break the corrosive, stultifying stranglehold of the Tories and Labour on our system of government. If only till something better comes along, UKIP are our only hope.

The turnouts were lamentable, which says as much about the doppelganger politics of the Big Two as the cliche-strewn, diligently meaningless speeches favoured by their red or blue rosette-wearing tailor's dummies.
Its good to see a little bit of success for UKIP, although not quite enough to elect their first councillor on the Wirral. For the people of Britain to have some hope of a better future, SOMEONE has to break the corrosive, stultifying stranglehold of the Tories and Labour on our system of government. If only till something better comes along, UKIP are our only hope. The turnouts were lamentable, which says as much about the doppelganger politics of the Big Two as the cliche-strewn, diligently meaningless speeches favoured by their red or blue rosette-wearing tailor's dummies. bickyboy

2:17pm Thu 24 Jan 13

David Scott says...

Mr Bollo wrote:
David Scott wrote:
My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way.
Yes 'well done'. 21.6% of a 19.7% turnout makes that.....

4.3% of the voting population.

So even in an area like Heswall, where you would expect UKIP to do well, this is seen a good result?

Stunning!
Point taken about the turn-out, and yes many people carry on voting simply to 'keep Labour out' or 'keep the Tories out', which means we get more of the same from the old parties.
However, the figures for UKIP in Heswall suggest that something is happening: 2008, 2.1%; 2009, 2.5%; 2011, 5.0%; 2012, 9.3%; 2013, 21.6%.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bollo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: My thanks to the UKIP voters in Heswall. At 21.6% of the vote that is UKIP's best result in Wirral ever by a long way.[/p][/quote]Yes 'well done'. 21.6% of a 19.7% turnout makes that..... 4.3% of the voting population. So even in an area like Heswall, where you would expect UKIP to do well, this is seen a good result? Stunning![/p][/quote]Point taken about the turn-out, and yes many people carry on voting simply to 'keep Labour out' or 'keep the Tories out', which means we get more of the same from the old parties. However, the figures for UKIP in Heswall suggest that something is happening: 2008, 2.1%; 2009, 2.5%; 2011, 5.0%; 2012, 9.3%; 2013, 21.6%. David Scott

2:25pm Thu 24 Jan 13

David Scott says...

Correction to the above - 2009 should be 2010.
Correction to the above - 2009 should be 2010. David Scott

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