UPDATED: Labour victory in Wirral Council by-election

Wirral Globe: Labour victory in Wirral Council by-election Labour victory in Wirral Council by-election

Labour came out on top as they secured a victory at last night’s Wirral by-election.

Phillip Brightmore picked up 1,411 votes in the Pensby and Thingwall ballot, which was held following the resignation of Tory councillor Don McCubbin.

Former cabinet member for children’s services Sheila Clarke came in second place for the Conservatives with 868 votes while Lib Dem Damien Cummins polled 834.

Jan Davison for UKIP gained 426 votes; Allen Burton for The Green Party received 74 and Neil Kenny for the English Democrats 53.

Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said the result sent a “strong message” to the coalition Government.

He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic night for Labour. To gain a seat from the Tories in Pensby and Thingwall was a really excellent achievement and I think it is a reflection of the anger that we picked up on the doorstep towards the Government's cuts to the council budget and working tax credits.

“I think people voted last night to send a strong message that the Government need to change direction. Phillip Brightmore will be a brilliant councillor and I’m really pleased for him because he worked very hard.”

 

The by-election was the borough’s third this year following polls in Leasowe and Heswall in January.

Leasowe was a victory for Conservative Ian Lewis and Heswall was held for the Tories by Kathy Hodson.

Last night's results mean Labour now have 37 seats in the town hall; Conservatives have 22 and Liberal Democrats have seven.

Liberal Democrats won the Eastleigh Parliamentary by-election last night, with the Conservatives pushed into third place by a late surge from the UK Independence Party.

Local councillor Michael Thornton held on to the seat vacated by disgraced ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne - polling 13,342 votes.

Ukip's candidate Diane James was second on 11,571 - more than 1,000 ahead of Tory Maria Hutchings (10,559) in a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron.

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10:13am Fri 1 Mar 13

PaulCa says...

Same old crowd of crooks, changing horses on the same old crooked merrygound.
Same old crowd of crooks, changing horses on the same old crooked merrygound. PaulCa
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10:19am Fri 1 Mar 13

Wirralrob says...

Grapes. Sour. Very much.
Grapes. Sour. Very much. Wirralrob
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10:41am Fri 1 Mar 13

bigfoot says...

Isn't the Council run by the Militant branch of the Monster Raving Loony Party?
Isn't the Council run by the Militant branch of the Monster Raving Loony Party? bigfoot
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11:00am Fri 1 Mar 13

LocaLGovwatcher says...

The Labour Candidate is very personable. Hope he doesn't get tainted by the demands of the party.
The Labour Candidate is very personable. Hope he doesn't get tainted by the demands of the party. LocaLGovwatcher
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11:37am Fri 1 Mar 13

reliant22 says...

Another Labour non-victory really; other parties took most of the votes, so in by default again. Voter turnout says it all but they think that`s democracy.
Nationally, Labour are being shown the door.
So much more Town Hall secrecy to look forward to now. Roll on the next General election and good luck to Martin Morton.
Another Labour non-victory really; other parties took most of the votes, so in by default again. Voter turnout says it all but they think that`s democracy. Nationally, Labour are being shown the door. So much more Town Hall secrecy to look forward to now. Roll on the next General election and good luck to Martin Morton. reliant22
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7:56pm Fri 1 Mar 13

David Scott says...

I must try to understand why people continue to vote Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, given the state the country is in. It's a puzzle to me.
I must try to understand why people continue to vote Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, given the state the country is in. It's a puzzle to me. David Scott
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8:35pm Fri 1 Mar 13

bickyboy says...

Watching Angela Eagle's complacent, churlish and unimaginative performance on Question Time last night, I was reminded again of why its such a disaster that the Lib Dems took Cameron's shilling and reduced our electoral choice to just two fairly hopeless alternatives.

"Strong message to the government" my foot. Phil, they ain't listening, and the election of one Labour councillor because of the splitting of the anti EU, anti immigration vote isn't likely to register on the Bullingdon Boys' radar.
Watching Angela Eagle's complacent, churlish and unimaginative performance on Question Time last night, I was reminded again of why its such a disaster that the Lib Dems took Cameron's shilling and reduced our electoral choice to just two fairly hopeless alternatives. "Strong message to the government" my foot. Phil, they ain't listening, and the election of one Labour councillor because of the splitting of the anti EU, anti immigration vote isn't likely to register on the Bullingdon Boys' radar. bickyboy
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9:24pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Hugo1008 says...

What is it that people do not understand in local politics, any vote for the so called main parties is a complete disaster. This just means you are going to get more of the same. No changes.

The colour of the candidates rosette means nothing if they just abide by the political dogma of the Party Whips.

What we want and need is elected peoples representaives, namely a Councilor who works and strives purley in the interests of the local population, nothing to do with discredited party politics they should be speaking for the majority of the electorate in their ward, and not just for a handful of Party Political Members.

It is the ratepaying electorate or members of the public, who lavishly support each and every one of the 66 Councilors in the Council, and not the very small number of Political Party Members and Activists in the Ward concerned.

There should be no corrupt slease or deceitful Party Politics in Local Government, we have enough of that in National Party Poltics.

Lets wipe out petty Party Politics from Local Govrnment, and make some changes.
What is it that people do not understand in local politics, any vote for the so called main parties is a complete disaster. This just means you are going to get more of the same. No changes. The colour of the candidates rosette means nothing if they just abide by the political dogma of the Party Whips. What we want and need is elected peoples representaives, namely a Councilor who works and strives purley in the interests of the local population, nothing to do with discredited party politics they should be speaking for the majority of the electorate in their ward, and not just for a handful of Party Political Members. It is the ratepaying electorate or members of the public, who lavishly support each and every one of the 66 Councilors in the Council, and not the very small number of Political Party Members and Activists in the Ward concerned. There should be no corrupt slease or deceitful Party Politics in Local Government, we have enough of that in National Party Poltics. Lets wipe out petty Party Politics from Local Govrnment, and make some changes. Hugo1008
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9:27am Sat 2 Mar 13

ginger26 says...

Voting for the party closing heswall atc , daft as a brush
Voting for the party closing heswall atc , daft as a brush ginger26
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10:35am Sun 3 Mar 13

antisthenes says...

Council leader Cllr. Phil Davies said the result sent a “strong message” to the coalition Government.

This utterance is Proof that Davies is deluded... if he thinks that central government is any way interested in the result of a ward by election on Wirral...he is plainly barking!
This demonstrates a kind of self-inflation....Da
vies speaks to the nation!....of a local politician who has one eye on Westminster and is rehearsing his media rhetoric for when Frank Field steps down.

The interest that Westminster should take in Wirral is to send in the inspection teams to expose and hold Davies and his crew accountable for the chronic failings of the disastrous regime that Davies has bolstered and earned thousands and thousands of pounds from for well over a decade!

Davies should focus his goldfish-like concentration on what really matters that is the fact that more than 2000 of those who voted rejected Labour.

I hope that Brightmore will not be seduced by Labour Group cronyism and that he will ally himself with the growing ranks of dissenters who want Davies and his old guard mafia to go and go soon.
Council leader Cllr. Phil Davies said the result sent a “strong message” to the coalition Government. This utterance is Proof that Davies is deluded... if he thinks that central government is any way interested in the result of a ward by election on Wirral...he is plainly barking! This demonstrates a kind of self-inflation....Da vies speaks to the nation!....of a local politician who has one eye on Westminster and is rehearsing his media rhetoric for when Frank Field steps down. The interest that Westminster should take in Wirral is to send in the inspection teams to expose and hold Davies and his crew accountable for the chronic failings of the disastrous regime that Davies has bolstered and earned thousands and thousands of pounds from for well over a decade! Davies should focus his goldfish-like concentration on what really matters that is the fact that more than 2000 of those who voted rejected Labour. I hope that Brightmore will not be seduced by Labour Group cronyism and that he will ally himself with the growing ranks of dissenters who want Davies and his old guard mafia to go and go soon. antisthenes
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7:44pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Positive thinker says...

I think you lot need to get out a bit more
I think you lot need to get out a bit more Positive thinker
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