LiveLIVE: ELECTION RESULTS

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Summary

  • Votes will be counted from 10am.
  • Results are expected to be announced from midday.
  • Twenty-two seats in the borough’s wards are contested.
  • Yesterday also saw the vote for the European Parliamentary elections which will see the north west decide on its MEPs for the next five years.
  • The regional count will take place on Sunday evening in Manchester in line with the rest of Europe.

5:48pm

View the full brakdown of results for every candidate here

4:48pm

It's been a very busy day but that's it now for our 2014 local election coverage. 

The European votes will be counted on Sunday.

3:08pm

Reaction now from Liberal Democrat group leader Phil Gilchrist.

He said: "We faced a tough challenge. We weathered the storm of negative campaigns against us.

"The council’s finances, with money being salted away for a rainy day, barely featured in the campaign.

"The need for well co-ordinated and cost effective local services remains."

Wirral Globe: Phil Gilchrist

2:49pm

Ian Lewis, who lost his seat in Leasowe and Moreton East earlier today, has congratulated fellow candidates on Twitter.
 

2:33pm

In case you are just joining us and are wondering how UKIP got on in Wirral today,  none of their 22 candidates were elected.

Wirral Globe:
UKIP candidates phone through the news that they have not been elected.

 

2:30pm

Click here for the full list of the number of votes each candidate received.

 

2:09pm

My colleague Geoff Barnes has pulled together a round-up following today's elections. You can read it here.

 

1:52pm

Trafford Green Party congratulate newly-elected Pat Cleary on his success. Votes are not expected to be counted until 2pm in Trafford.
 

1:48pm

So after today's elections, here's what Wirral Council looks like now...

Wirral Globe:

The biggest surprise today was Labour's Brian Kenny losing his seat in Birkenhead and Tranmere to Green Party member Pat Cleary. 

1:40pm

Our photographer Paul Heaps has taken some fantastic shots of the action today at the Wirral local elections.

Here's an excited Treena Ann Johnson from the Labour Party after she heard she had won in Leasowe and Moreton East.

Wirral Globe:

 

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1:19pm

We're currently updating our local election section with how many votes each party got. 

For now though, here is the turnout.

Eastham - Electorate: 10,889. Turnout: 36.4%
Clatterbridge - Electorate: 11,684. Turnout: 40.5%
Prenton - Electorate: 10,820 Turnout: 34.2%
Bromborough - Electorate: 11,312 Turnout: 30.4%
Greasby, Frankby and Irby - Electorate: 11,501 Turnout: 43%
Bebington - Electorate: 11,956 Turnout: 37.3%
Oxton - Electorate: 11,281 Turnout: 37.5%
Pensby and Thingwall - Electorate: 10,520 Turnout: 39%
Bidston and St James - Electorate: 9,932 Turnout: 26.6%
Claughton - Electorate: 11,184 Turnout: 32.2%
New Brighton - Electorate: 10,823 Turnout: 36.3%
Hoylake and Meols - Electorate: 10,403 Turnout: 39.5%
Leasowe and Moreton East - Electorate: 10,691 Turnout: 37.5%
Moreton West and Saughall Massie - Electorate: 10,885 Turnout: 38.1%
Heswall - Electorate: 10,894 Turnout: 39.7%
Liscard - Electorate: 11,120 Turnout: 31.2%
Upton - Electorate: 12,101 Turnout: 32.9%
West Kirby and Thurstaston - Electorate: 10,365 Turnout: 42.2%
Wallasey - Electorate: 11,752 Turnout: 38.7%
Birkenhead and Tranmere - Electorate: 9,882 Turnout: 35.4%
Rock Ferry - Electorate: 9,654 Turnout: 26.5%
Seacombe - Electorate: 10,286 Turnout: 26.7%

1:03pm

Council leader Phil Davies gives his reaction to the elections. Labour gained two seats but lost Birkenhead.

Conservatives lost Leasowe while the Lib Dems managed to hang on to Eastham and Oxton.

 

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12:41pm

After losing the Leasowe and Moreton East seat to the Tories Ian Lewis said he recognised it would be a knife edge fight - he lost by less than 190 votes.

He said: "It used to be a rock solid Labour seat and for page Conservative to win the ward was surprising.

"The result was disappointing. I enjoyed being a community councillor and I would not serve in any other ward."

Wirral Globe:

12:40pm

12:39pm

That's it from this year's local election. Labour retain the control of the council as expected. 

I have just spoken to leader Phil Davies and will have his reaction for you soon. Wirral Globe:

12:39pm

12:37pm

11:57am Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says

Wow, Brian Kenny gone. That's a shock. Also, Ian Lewis ousted too! Didn't expect them two to be turfed out.

12:34pm

Eastham seat goes to Lib Dem's Christopher Carubia with 1,558 votes. 

He was nominated by previous seat holder, fellow Lib Dem Tom Harney, who stepped down after more than 20 years as a councillor.

12:30pm

Conservatives clinch the victory in Clatterbridge with Tracey Smith receiving 1,911. Labour had 1,491 votes. 

12:28pm

Prenton victory for Labour's Denise Realey with 1,731 votes. 

Just two more seats to go...Wirral Globe:

12:23pm

Labour's Irene Williams wins in Bromborough with 1,709 votes - a majority of 937.

UKIP came second in this ward, receiving 772 votes.

Wirral Globe:

12:20pm

Two Tories elected in Greasby. 

Tom Anderson with 1,689 and Wendy Clements with 2,193. 

12:13pm

Another Labour victory in Bebington. Walter Smith wins with 2,165 votes. Majority of 1,152

Conservative candidate Des Drury came second with 1,013 votes.
Another UKIP vote receiving a large number of votes as Hilary Jones comes in third with 873.
Anthony Smith, from the Green Party, received 289 votes and Lib Dem member Peter Faulknew got 110.

 

Wirral Globe:

12:10pm

Bebington up next...

12:10pm

Lib Dem's Alan Brighouse wins in Oxton with 1,620 votes. Labour had 1,483 votes.

UKIP's David Martin received 563, Conservative's Peter Hartley received 310 and the Green Party candidate Liz Heydon received 250.

Wirral Globe:

12:09pm

Following Oxton recount a bundle of ballot papers found to be allocated to wrong candidate hence the delay. 

12:09pm

Labour victorious again, in Pensby and Thingwall with Louise Ann Reece Jones elected with 1,334 votes. 

Tories not far behind with 1,172 votes. 

UKIP had 916 votes. 

390 for Lib Dems and 274 for Greens. 

12:04pm

Still nothing on Oxton. We're getting Pensby and Thingwall results instead...

12:04pm

Inbetween the results we caught up with jubilant Green Party victor Pat Cleary who described his success in Birkenhead and Tranmere as a major breakthrough for his party.

He said: "We have worked hard for a long time and people have increasingly supported us.

"People are realising how effective a group the Greens can be.

"This is a major achievement for a minority group in a ward that has been Labour for ever.

"People like what the Green Party stands for."

Wirral Globe:

12:00pm

Just heard there were three recounts for Leasowe although nothing announced officially on that. 

12:00pm

We're going to be getting the results for Oxton now after the recount. 

11:59am

Massive landslide for Labour in Bidston and St James as Labour's Ann McLachlan receives 1,701 votes - that's a majority of 1,161!

Colin Dignam-Gill, Green Party - 106
Geoffrey Peter Dormand, Conservative - 190
Greg North, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts - 43
Cathy Williams, UKIP - 540
Roy John Wood, Liberal Democrat - 53
Wirral Globe:

 

11:55am

Labour's Denise Roberts elected in Claughton ward with 1,912 votes. 

Lib Dems second with 1,172 votes. Their best result so far. Wirral Globe:

11:53am

Labour's Christine Spriggs victorious in New Brighton with 1,658 votes.

Tories not far behind with 1,348 votes. UKIP third with 492 and Green Party with 418.

 

11:49am

Conservative's Eddie Boult re-elected in Hoylake and Meols with 1,912 votes. Labour second with 1,075. Wirral Globe:

11:45am

That will be a major blow to Ian Lewis and his party. He has served the ward for close to five years.

11:44am

Leasowe and Moreton East ward results have just caused a lot of joy and celebration for Labour's Treena Johnson who has just been elected with 1,819.

Conservative Ian Lewis, who previously held the seat, received 1,630 votes. Close but ultimately Labour steal the seat. 

Wirral Globe:
Treena Johnson phones in the good news.

11:41am

Local Conservative Bruce Berry wins Moreton West and Saughall Massie seat with 1,817 votes. 

Labour second with 1,404. UKIP got 678 votes and Lib Dems just 160. 

11:38am

Morton West and Saughall Massie now...

11:37am

Conservative's Les Rowlands re-elected in Heswall with 2,390 votes. 

UKIP came second with 773 votes, followed by Labour with 668.

Greens received 277 votes and the Lib Dems 191.Wirral Globe: Cllr Les Rowlands

 

11:33am

No elections yet for UKIP but they will surely be pleased with their numbers so far, especially with beating the Tories in Birkenhead and Tranmere. 

11:32am

Heswall results being announced now instead while that Oxton recount takes place.  

11:31am

Recount announced for Oxton. 

11:30am

Oxton candidates being called up now by returning officer Graham Burgess...

11:28am

Wirral Young Labour's Matthew Daniel re-elected for Liscard ward with a majority of 804.

Daniel Clein, Lib Dems - 94

Matthew Daniel, Labour - 1,619

Ann Lavin, Conservative - 649

Craig Reynolds, Green Party - 273

Lynda Williams, UKIP - 8

11:25am

Liscard up next...

11:25am

Labour's Stuart Whittingham re-elected for Upton with 1,932 votes. 

Geoffrey Caton, UKIP - 942

Alan Davies, Lib Dems - 117

Geoffrey Gubb, Tories - 760

jim McGinley, Greens - 206Wirral Globe:

11:19am

Upton results coming in now...

11:19am

Conservative group leader Jeff Green re-elected in West Kirby and Thurstaston ward with 2,070 votes. 

Labour's Helen Campbell second with 1,192 votes. 

Wirral Globe:

11:18am

Wallasey ward - Cllr Lesley Rennie, conservatives re-elected with 2,216 votes.

Labour's Paul Ronayne received 1,291 votes.
UKIP's Brian Farrell received 594, Green Party member Cynthia Stonall received 228 votes while Lib Dem's John Richard Codling received 148.

Wirral Globe:

11:09am

Results are announced...

Wirral Globe:

11:08am

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern says the result is not a reflection on Cllr Brian Kenny. 

The Labour MP said "you get funny results at elections".

11:07am

Labour's Adrian Jones celebrates his re-election with returning officer Graham Burgess.

Wirral Globe:

11:07am

Green Party member Pat Clearly becomes the first Green to be elected. Receiving 1,658 votes in the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward.

Labour's Brian Kenny came in second with 1,421 votes. 

UKIP's Laurence Sharpe third with 234 votes and Conservative's last with Irene Cowin receiving 69 votes. Wirral Globe:

11:05am

Wirral Globe:

11:03am

Rock Ferry ward results are in. 

Labour's Moira McLaughlin re-elected after receiving 1,478 votes.


Wirral Globe:

Other candidates received...

Ann Flynn, UKIP - 531
Barbara Frances Poole, Conservative - 195
Karl Cumings, Green Party - 164
Brian Joseph Hall, Liberal Democrat - 64
James Kenneth Pritchard, Independent - 64
Brady Clay, Trade Unionists & Socialists Against Cuts - 48

11:03am

11:02am

11:01am

10:55am

First results are in for Seacombe ward - Labour's Adrian Jones has been elected.

Jayne Louise Stephanie Clough, Green Party - 162
Adrian Edward Rowland Jones, Labour - 1,616
Karl Raymond Mercer, Independent - 53
Suzanne Sheppick, Conservative - 211
Christopher John Wellstead, UKIP - 688

11 ballots were rejected.Wirral Globe:

10:53am

Wirral Globe:

10:41am

Wirral Globe: The count is well underway here at Bidston Tennis Centre. 

Returning Officer Graham Burgess tells me the first results should be in from 11.30am with he majority of counts, and recounts, completed by 12.30pm. 

9:32am

Wirral Globe: Euro Elections - UKIP manifesto

UKIP will be hoping their current popularity leads them to success in both the local and European elections.

While we won't know the results of the Europeans until Sunday, early indications suggest UKIP may have pushed the Tories into third place in Liscard.

9:30am

Wirral Globe: EXCLUSIVE: Council leader Phil Davies writes for the Globe - why major shake-up will make Wirral more open, more transparent and more accountable

Labour and council leader Phil Davies will be hoping the predictions are correct and his party retain control on Wirral Council. 

9:28am

We're just about to head over to Bidston Tennis Centre for the count at 10am. 

Here's how things stand at the minute...

Wirral Globe:

9:23am

9:22am

Leasowe and Moreton East councillor Ian Lewis is hoping he will be re-elected.
 

9:20am

Wirral Globe: EU ruling on insurance gender discrimination

On the European election front, Wirral Council tell me the turnout was 34.9%.

Still waiting on the turnout on local elections. Will update you with them as and when I can.

9:18am

Labour are strongly favoured to retain control on Wirral Council even though they are defending in 11 of the 22 seats available.

They currently have 36 council seats – 15 more than the Conservatives on 21.
The Liberal Democrats trail a long way behind with six seats and there is one Independent councillor.

The Tories defend in two-thirds of their seats and the Lib Dems battle to hold on to two seats.

UKIP and Wirral Green Party are both contesting all 22 seats in the elections.
Three Independent candidates will be hoping for election in Rock Ferry, Seacombe and West Kirby and Thurstaston.

A further two hopefuls are fighting under the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts banner.

9:17am

Wirral Globe: Disaster banner ballot box.jpg for the homepage

Good morning everyone, I'm Emma Rigby and along with my colleagues, I’ll be keeping you updated as the results of this year’s Wirral local elections come in.

The count is due to start at Wirral Tennis Centre at 10am with the first results expected to be announced at around midday.

For now though, let’s recap what is at stake...

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10:29am Fri 23 May 14

mikeumstiquay says...

Well, we don't have the results yet as I write this, but I can tell you, I didn't vote UKIP and I didn't vote Labour.

I would have voted Labour Clr Davies, but unfortunately, your administration has a policy of rewarding the unpopular actions of its own members, so you lose my tick on the ballot box.

If you haven't already guessed, I do not approve of your choice to represent Wirral as Mayor for 1 day, let alone 1 year.

You have appointed a man who tried to impose his will on Library closures to the entire electorate of Wirral, despite their outrage.

You have appointed a man, who week after week, defended his actions to the absolute hilt, through the pages of the local press, in the face of repeated retorts from angry Wirral council tax payers, the people your administration works for.

You have appointed a man who was so stubborn in his own belief that he had made the right decision in the face of mass public opposition, it was to invoke a public inquiry which we all know the embarrassing outcome.

Forgotten so soon; or do I jog an uncomfortable memory?

So how do you reward this legacy? Instead of letting him 'go quietly', you continue to pour petrol on embers that still glow amongst the cinders of the collective memory of the local electorate, by awarding a privilege normally associated with something a little more positive than shutting libraries and not listening to the needs of the people.

I have no personal bad wishes for the person you have chosen to take the mayoral role, but I do have to question why anyone with a history of bad press should want to poke his head above the parapet again. To politely decline might have been the wiser option...

You could have had my vote, but your poorly judged decision in March forfeited that choice. Think about that, if national election results are reflected on Wirral and you are faced with the task of welcoming your new UKIP colleagues into the council chambers.
Well, we don't have the results yet as I write this, but I can tell you, I didn't vote UKIP and I didn't vote Labour. I would have voted Labour Clr Davies, but unfortunately, your administration has a policy of rewarding the unpopular actions of its own members, so you lose my tick on the ballot box. If you haven't already guessed, I do not approve of your choice to represent Wirral as Mayor for 1 day, let alone 1 year. You have appointed a man who tried to impose his will on Library closures to the entire electorate of Wirral, despite their outrage. You have appointed a man, who week after week, defended his actions to the absolute hilt, through the pages of the local press, in the face of repeated retorts from angry Wirral council tax payers, the people your administration works for. You have appointed a man who was so stubborn in his own belief that he had made the right decision in the face of mass public opposition, it was to invoke a public inquiry which we all know the embarrassing outcome. Forgotten so soon; or do I jog an uncomfortable memory? So how do you reward this legacy? Instead of letting him 'go quietly', you continue to pour petrol on embers that still glow amongst the cinders of the collective memory of the local electorate, by awarding a privilege normally associated with something a little more positive than shutting libraries and not listening to the needs of the people. I have no personal bad wishes for the person you have chosen to take the mayoral role, but I do have to question why anyone with a history of bad press should want to poke his head above the parapet again. To politely decline might have been the wiser option... You could have had my vote, but your poorly judged decision in March forfeited that choice. Think about that, if national election results are reflected on Wirral and you are faced with the task of welcoming your new UKIP colleagues into the council chambers. mikeumstiquay
  • Score: 8

10:47am Fri 23 May 14

WirralAl says...

mikeumstiquay wrote:
Well, we don't have the results yet as I write this, but I can tell you, I didn't vote UKIP and I didn't vote Labour.

I would have voted Labour Clr Davies, but unfortunately, your administration has a policy of rewarding the unpopular actions of its own members, so you lose my tick on the ballot box.

If you haven't already guessed, I do not approve of your choice to represent Wirral as Mayor for 1 day, let alone 1 year.

You have appointed a man who tried to impose his will on Library closures to the entire electorate of Wirral, despite their outrage.

You have appointed a man, who week after week, defended his actions to the absolute hilt, through the pages of the local press, in the face of repeated retorts from angry Wirral council tax payers, the people your administration works for.

You have appointed a man who was so stubborn in his own belief that he had made the right decision in the face of mass public opposition, it was to invoke a public inquiry which we all know the embarrassing outcome.

Forgotten so soon; or do I jog an uncomfortable memory?

So how do you reward this legacy? Instead of letting him 'go quietly', you continue to pour petrol on embers that still glow amongst the cinders of the collective memory of the local electorate, by awarding a privilege normally associated with something a little more positive than shutting libraries and not listening to the needs of the people.

I have no personal bad wishes for the person you have chosen to take the mayoral role, but I do have to question why anyone with a history of bad press should want to poke his head above the parapet again. To politely decline might have been the wiser option...

You could have had my vote, but your poorly judged decision in March forfeited that choice. Think about that, if national election results are reflected on Wirral and you are faced with the task of welcoming your new UKIP colleagues into the council chambers.
Well said.

I am sure Phil is still just Steve Fouk us's puppet and he tells him what to do and say. Both of them are both beyond arrogance and fail us all.

Lets see what stupid Ed has to say at the end of the day. Look stupid, sound stupid and talk stupid!
[quote][p][bold]mikeumstiquay[/bold] wrote: Well, we don't have the results yet as I write this, but I can tell you, I didn't vote UKIP and I didn't vote Labour. I would have voted Labour Clr Davies, but unfortunately, your administration has a policy of rewarding the unpopular actions of its own members, so you lose my tick on the ballot box. If you haven't already guessed, I do not approve of your choice to represent Wirral as Mayor for 1 day, let alone 1 year. You have appointed a man who tried to impose his will on Library closures to the entire electorate of Wirral, despite their outrage. You have appointed a man, who week after week, defended his actions to the absolute hilt, through the pages of the local press, in the face of repeated retorts from angry Wirral council tax payers, the people your administration works for. You have appointed a man who was so stubborn in his own belief that he had made the right decision in the face of mass public opposition, it was to invoke a public inquiry which we all know the embarrassing outcome. Forgotten so soon; or do I jog an uncomfortable memory? So how do you reward this legacy? Instead of letting him 'go quietly', you continue to pour petrol on embers that still glow amongst the cinders of the collective memory of the local electorate, by awarding a privilege normally associated with something a little more positive than shutting libraries and not listening to the needs of the people. I have no personal bad wishes for the person you have chosen to take the mayoral role, but I do have to question why anyone with a history of bad press should want to poke his head above the parapet again. To politely decline might have been the wiser option... You could have had my vote, but your poorly judged decision in March forfeited that choice. Think about that, if national election results are reflected on Wirral and you are faced with the task of welcoming your new UKIP colleagues into the council chambers.[/p][/quote]Well said. I am sure Phil is still just Steve Fouk us's puppet and he tells him what to do and say. Both of them are both beyond arrogance and fail us all. Lets see what stupid Ed has to say at the end of the day. Look stupid, sound stupid and talk stupid! WirralAl
  • Score: 6

11:57am Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Wow, Brian Kenny gone. That's a shock. Also, Ian Lewis ousted too! Didn't expect them two to be turfed out.
Wow, Brian Kenny gone. That's a shock. Also, Ian Lewis ousted too! Didn't expect them two to be turfed out. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Further to earlier post. Brian Kenny must be devastated losing to the Green Party. It's their first seat ever in Wirral. That Brown Bin fiasco could not have helped. The expenses that go with Brian's position will surely be missed in the Kenny household. Tbh, feel a bit for Ian Lewis as he's not a bad guy and think he thought he had just done enough.
Further to earlier post. Brian Kenny must be devastated losing to the Green Party. It's their first seat ever in Wirral. That Brown Bin fiasco could not have helped. The expenses that go with Brian's position will surely be missed in the Kenny household. Tbh, feel a bit for Ian Lewis as he's not a bad guy and think he thought he had just done enough. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Fri 23 May 14

JohnON says...

Ian Lewis's defeat epitomizes everything that is wrong with Wirral. When common sense is pitted against blind political dogma, the latter wins every time.

There was a time when I was proud to say I came from Wirral. I doubt I'll ever see that again in my lifetime.

And, no, I'm not in Ian Lewis's ward.
Ian Lewis's defeat epitomizes everything that is wrong with Wirral. When common sense is pitted against blind political dogma, the latter wins every time. There was a time when I was proud to say I came from Wirral. I doubt I'll ever see that again in my lifetime. And, no, I'm not in Ian Lewis's ward. JohnON
  • Score: 8

12:43pm Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks! Joeblogg85
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Fri 23 May 14

bigfoot says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'. bigfoot
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Fri 23 May 14

bigfoot says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'. bigfoot
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Fri 23 May 14

bigfoot says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'. bigfoot
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Fri 23 May 14

bigfoot says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'. bigfoot
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Fri 23 May 14

Roadkill says...

Did McVey lose her seat? I've got a bottle chilling in the fridge and am looking for a reason to open it.
Did McVey lose her seat? I've got a bottle chilling in the fridge and am looking for a reason to open it. Roadkill
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

bigfoot wrote:
Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
Sorry Roadkill, you're are year to early ;-/
[quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.[/p][/quote]Sorry Roadkill, you're are year to early ;-/ Joeblogg85
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Fri 23 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
bigfoot wrote:
Joeblogg85 wrote:
Poacher turned Gamekeeper!

Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks!
Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.
Sorry Roadkill, you're are year to early ;-/
Oops, techno problem, that was of course meant for Roadkill.

However Bigfoot, don't think Sir Jeff would be happy if his new recruit stepped over to the dark side so early in proceedings.

Problem is being a Tory in Wirral is frustrating as sitting in opposition is a lonely disempowering place to be.

The days are certainly gone in Wirral when a Councillor asked you to jump and you asked How High!
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Poacher turned Gamekeeper! Ex Wirral Council Corporate Services Officer Tracey Smith takes Clatterbridge for the Tories. Interesting dynamics ahead at Wallasey Town Hall ahead me thinks![/p][/quote]Yes indeed-unless of course she is 'got at' by the 'Star Chamber'.[/p][/quote]Sorry Roadkill, you're are year to early ;-/[/p][/quote]Oops, techno problem, that was of course meant for Roadkill. However Bigfoot, don't think Sir Jeff would be happy if his new recruit stepped over to the dark side so early in proceedings. Problem is being a Tory in Wirral is frustrating as sitting in opposition is a lonely disempowering place to be. The days are certainly gone in Wirral when a Councillor asked you to jump and you asked How High! Joeblogg85
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Fri 23 May 14

Local Govwatcher1 says...

Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then!
Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then! Local Govwatcher1
  • Score: 3

6:02pm Fri 23 May 14

naughtykitties says...

Is it just me, or does Phil Gilchrist look like he has a severe case of lockjaw?
Is it just me, or does Phil Gilchrist look like he has a severe case of lockjaw? naughtykitties
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Fri 23 May 14

JohnON says...

"Seems like the affluent and well-to-do areas of the Wirral remain under Tory control following yesterday's local elections. Quelle surprise.
— @davvomacca 23 May 2014"

Maybe there's a lesson that could be learned there.

What surprises me is that the less well-to-do areas keep re-electing the same Party that has clearly failed them miserably over the years.
"Seems like the affluent and well-to-do areas of the Wirral remain under Tory control following yesterday's local elections. Quelle surprise. — @davvomacca 23 May 2014" Maybe there's a lesson that could be learned there. What surprises me is that the less well-to-do areas keep re-electing the same Party that has clearly failed them miserably over the years. JohnON
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Sun 25 May 14

JohnON says...

Local Govwatcher1 wrote:
Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then!
I don't believe Wirral does deserve the Council it elects - and that is what's been wrong in Wirral for a long time.

The Labour Party has its roots in rallying the masses which has resulted, I believe even today, in a mindset in which its followers are more inclined than the other Parties towards Political dogma rather than towards forming and expressing (being allowed to express?) their own independent opinions.

In essence, this has resulted in a Political 'landscape' in Wirral Council which tends towards a virtual dictatorship rather than democracy.

What was one of the first things this Council did when they achieved their majority? They tried to tell the rest of the Councillors they needn't even bother turning up to meetings and tried to manoeuvre the rest of the Councillors into some sort of community patrol!

The current Council has wangled itself into a virtually unassailable position and the residents of Wirral deserve better!
[quote][p][bold]Local Govwatcher1[/bold] wrote: Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then![/p][/quote]I don't believe Wirral does deserve the Council it elects - and that is what's been wrong in Wirral for a long time. The Labour Party has its roots in rallying the masses which has resulted, I believe even today, in a mindset in which its followers are more inclined than the other Parties towards Political dogma rather than towards forming and expressing (being allowed to express?) their own independent opinions. In essence, this has resulted in a Political 'landscape' in Wirral Council which tends towards a virtual dictatorship rather than democracy. What was one of the first things this Council did when they achieved their majority? They tried to tell the rest of the Councillors they needn't even bother turning up to meetings and tried to manoeuvre the rest of the Councillors into some sort of community patrol! The current Council has wangled itself into a virtually unassailable position and the residents of Wirral deserve better! JohnON
  • Score: 2

9:16am Mon 26 May 14

Local Govwatcher1 says...

JohnON wrote:
Local Govwatcher1 wrote:
Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then!
I don't believe Wirral does deserve the Council it elects - and that is what's been wrong in Wirral for a long time.

The Labour Party has its roots in rallying the masses which has resulted, I believe even today, in a mindset in which its followers are more inclined than the other Parties towards Political dogma rather than towards forming and expressing (being allowed to express?) their own independent opinions.

In essence, this has resulted in a Political 'landscape' in Wirral Council which tends towards a virtual dictatorship rather than democracy.

What was one of the first things this Council did when they achieved their majority? They tried to tell the rest of the Councillors they needn't even bother turning up to meetings and tried to manoeuvre the rest of the Councillors into some sort of community patrol!

The current Council has wangled itself into a virtually unassailable position and the residents of Wirral deserve better!
If he residents of Wirral deserve better, then perhaps they would take the trouble to vote. Labour will always win through voter apathy and a low turnout.
If change is wanted, you have to do something different. Nobody wins the National Lottery without first buying a ticket.

Think on Wirral residents.
[quote][p][bold]JohnON[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Govwatcher1[/bold] wrote: Wirral deserves the Council it elects. More of the same old mess then![/p][/quote]I don't believe Wirral does deserve the Council it elects - and that is what's been wrong in Wirral for a long time. The Labour Party has its roots in rallying the masses which has resulted, I believe even today, in a mindset in which its followers are more inclined than the other Parties towards Political dogma rather than towards forming and expressing (being allowed to express?) their own independent opinions. In essence, this has resulted in a Political 'landscape' in Wirral Council which tends towards a virtual dictatorship rather than democracy. What was one of the first things this Council did when they achieved their majority? They tried to tell the rest of the Councillors they needn't even bother turning up to meetings and tried to manoeuvre the rest of the Councillors into some sort of community patrol! The current Council has wangled itself into a virtually unassailable position and the residents of Wirral deserve better![/p][/quote]If he residents of Wirral deserve better, then perhaps they would take the trouble to vote. Labour will always win through voter apathy and a low turnout. If change is wanted, you have to do something different. Nobody wins the National Lottery without first buying a ticket. Think on Wirral residents. Local Govwatcher1
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Mon 26 May 14

JohnON says...

" Nobody wins the National Lottery without first buying a ticket. "

That's very true but, if the balls were weighted and the winning tickets had already been bought up, how many people would bother trying?

I spend many a "happy" hour trying to persuade a younger friend to vote and he always asks "What's the point?" When you see the result in Leasowe & Moreton East, there must be one (ex-) Councillor who is asking himself the same question.
" Nobody wins the National Lottery without first buying a ticket. " That's very true but, if the balls were weighted and the winning tickets had already been bought up, how many people would bother trying? I spend many a "happy" hour trying to persuade a younger friend to vote and he always asks "What's the point?" When you see the result in Leasowe & Moreton East, there must be one (ex-) Councillor who is asking himself the same question. JohnON
  • Score: 3

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