Labour's big guns launch opening salvo in Wirral's local election battle

Alison McGovern MP, Cllr Phil Davies, Andy Burnham MP and Angela Eagle MP today

Labour group leader Phil Davies with Andy Burnham MP this afternoon.

Labour's big guns launch opening salvo in Wirral's local election battle

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

LOCAL election campaigning officially got underway in Wirral today as Labour frontbench MP Andy Burnham arrived to rally supporters.

The shadow health secretary joined the council's new Labour leader, Phil Davies, on the hustings as the parties start gearing up for polling day on May 3.

Also lending their support were Wallasey MP and shadow treasury minister Angela Eagle and Wirral South MP Alison McGovern.

Mr Burnham will be well-known to Globe readers as the Government minister who stepped in at the 11th-hour to prevent the highly-controversial closure of 11 of the borough's libraries.

In April of 2009, Mr Burnham was then culture secretary and brought a dramatic halt to the council's "strategic asset review" closure programme by announcing a public inquiry just 24 hours before the first library was due for the axe.

Addressing an audience today of party members and supporters at Birkenhead Town Hall, Mr Burnham said: “I am here to give my full support to Phil and the Labour group.

"It’s so important that we get Labour in control of this council.

“We’ve seen here in Wirral the damage that a coalition is doing with the wrong priorities.

“I’m here very much to send a message about supporting the frontline in our public services - in the police, the fire service and also in the national health service where the Government are making the wrong choices.

“They’ve brought forward a costly re-organisation that is damaging the frontline.

"On the day of the budget the the true colours of this coalition were really shown.

“They were handing out tax cuts to millionaires while at the same time giving P45s to nurses.

“That’s why they need to be shown the clearest of messages on May 3.”

The Labour group’s new leader Cllr Davies, who was unanimously voted in after Steve Foulkes announced his resignation, used the occasion to praise his predecessor: “I think Steve was obviously decided that he was going to play a different role in the group.

"I’m just so grafeful for the fantastic service he’s given to the Labour party and Labour group in Wirral.

“He’ll stay as a councillor and I’m sure he’ll make a continuing contribution to the group.

“We’ve got a lot of hard work to do, but I think there is an enthusiasm out there for Labour policies and I think people are angry.”

Twenty-two wards are being contested in the May 3 ballot. The council is currently under the minority rule of Conservatives who hold 27 seats. Labour is the largest single group with 30 councillors and Lib Dems trail with nine.

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2:49pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Cheesy Peas says...

You always know it's election time when Angela Eagle appears in the local papers.

Scarcely see her name the rest of the time.
You always know it's election time when Angela Eagle appears in the local papers. Scarcely see her name the rest of the time. Cheesy Peas
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3:14pm Thu 29 Mar 12

ArdalMcFardle says...

I'm no fan of the Tories or the Libs but what actual planet does Troy Tempest look-a-like Andy Burnham live on ? What has he got to say about the disgusting state of WBC much of it whilst under Labours control ? - Hark! Do I hear rolling tumblweed and a lonesome church bell clanging???

Excuse me while I throw up , Iwouldn't vote for any of these miscreants
I'm no fan of the Tories or the Libs but what actual planet does Troy Tempest look-a-like Andy Burnham live on ? What has he got to say about the disgusting state of WBC much of it whilst under Labours control ? - Hark! Do I hear rolling tumblweed and a lonesome church bell clanging??? Excuse me while I throw up , Iwouldn't vote for any of these miscreants ArdalMcFardle
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3:44pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

No mention of the treatment of vulnerable adults in Wirral?

This forms part of the remit of the Secretary of State for Health, and therefore well within the scope for comment of the Shadow Secretary. Surely Angela and Alison will have briefed Andy, even if Phil couldn't because he is still finding his feet as the new Labour leader.

Another missed opportunity?

Or another example of brushing things under the rug?
No mention of the treatment of vulnerable adults in Wirral? This forms part of the remit of the Secretary of State for Health, and therefore well within the scope for comment of the Shadow Secretary. Surely Angela and Alison will have briefed Andy, even if Phil couldn't because he is still finding his feet as the new Labour leader. Another missed opportunity? Or another example of brushing things under the rug? Ben Beaconsfield
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3:56pm Thu 29 Mar 12

bigfoot says...

This may be more appropriate here.
An electorate of Sheep, Breeds a Council/Government of Wolves!
This may be more appropriate here. An electorate of Sheep, Breeds a Council/Government of Wolves! bigfoot
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4:24pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

Tacitus, bigfoot? The greatest of all Roman historians.

Try this from the same pen - you may find some parallels in Wirral today:-

"A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all."

No prizes for guessing the "few individuals" (pushy senior officers) or the "blessing of more" (sheep-like councillors) or the "passive acquiescence of all" (the voters who seem prepared to put up with it all).
Tacitus, bigfoot? The greatest of all Roman historians. Try this from the same pen - you may find some parallels in Wirral today:- "A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all." No prizes for guessing the "few individuals" (pushy senior officers) or the "blessing of more" (sheep-like councillors) or the "passive acquiescence of all" (the voters who seem prepared to put up with it all). Ben Beaconsfield
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5:12pm Thu 29 Mar 12

WirralAl says...

Wow what next! Labour in control for 11 years and make the biggest mess out of the council and this is overlooked by stupid blinkered politicians who helped Britain into the highest level of national debt since WW2 and not even a single mention of the complete and utter failure of WBC to perform its function!
Unbelievable blinkered and miss informed perhaps cllr foul kus told the of all his good work and not a single failure. Or perhaps this guy would rather have a libery than a police force.
Wow what next! Labour in control for 11 years and make the biggest mess out of the council and this is overlooked by stupid blinkered politicians who helped Britain into the highest level of national debt since WW2 and not even a single mention of the complete and utter failure of WBC to perform its function! Unbelievable blinkered and miss informed perhaps cllr foul kus told the of all his good work and not a single failure. Or perhaps this guy would rather have a libery than a police force. WirralAl
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8:42pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Jayo says...

Big Guns ?????????????
Big Guns ????????????? Jayo
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10:21am Fri 30 Mar 12

hugo2008 says...

A photo opportunity for four usless waste of space characters who have done diddly squat to give credit to the Labour Party here on Wirral.
They have sat by and watched for years some of the worst party politics underhanded dealings in a decade, take place right here among us.
Scandal upon Scandal.

Do not waste a vote on any candidate who has produced so little for so much for so long.

If your local Councillor has been in office any longer than three years, do yourself a favour and get rid, pick a New Face, anything must be better that what we have had in the past.

We want elected representatives who act for and on behalf of the residents in each and every Ward, regardless of political leanings.
Wipe out Party Politics from Local Government, we want an elected leadership that will ensure that WBC actually provides value for money, we deserve it.
A photo opportunity for four usless waste of space characters who have done diddly squat to give credit to the Labour Party here on Wirral. They have sat by and watched for years some of the worst party politics underhanded dealings in a decade, take place right here among us. Scandal upon Scandal. Do not waste a vote on any candidate who has produced so little for so much for so long. If your local Councillor has been in office any longer than three years, do yourself a favour and get rid, pick a New Face, anything must be better that what we have had in the past. We want elected representatives who act for and on behalf of the residents in each and every Ward, regardless of political leanings. Wipe out Party Politics from Local Government, we want an elected leadership that will ensure that WBC actually provides value for money, we deserve it. hugo2008
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10:40am Fri 30 Mar 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

"Anything must be better than what we have had in the past."

Anything? Absolutely anything? WirralFirst with their looney policies? The BNP? Al Qaeda?

Dangerous and subversive, methinks.
"Anything must be better than what we have had in the past." Anything? Absolutely anything? WirralFirst with their looney policies? The BNP? Al Qaeda? Dangerous and subversive, methinks. Ben Beaconsfield
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1:56pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Realistically speaking says...

Andy Burnham is a down to earth, plain speaking, honest politician. It wasn't appropriate though for him to become entangled in the Wirral mess. The most important thing now is for Phil Davies to settle in and for Wirral Council and the Labour Group to move forward and concentrate on getting the others out.
Andy Burnham is a down to earth, plain speaking, honest politician. It wasn't appropriate though for him to become entangled in the Wirral mess. The most important thing now is for Phil Davies to settle in and for Wirral Council and the Labour Group to move forward and concentrate on getting the others out. Realistically speaking
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2:24pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

Realistically speaking:

I was at Anfield a few years ago for the Hillsborough Memorial Service. Andy Burnham was booed and shouted down by (understandably upset) Liverpool fans. He stood there in very dignified silence for a long time until the fans had let off their steam, then just picked up where he had left off. Since then I have had the utmost respect for him as a man.

Your advice to Phil Davies and Wirral Labour is the most sound I have read on these threads (even though I don't necessarily subscribe to it !!).

You live up to your name.
Realistically speaking: I was at Anfield a few years ago for the Hillsborough Memorial Service. Andy Burnham was booed and shouted down by (understandably upset) Liverpool fans. He stood there in very dignified silence for a long time until the fans had let off their steam, then just picked up where he had left off. Since then I have had the utmost respect for him as a man. Your advice to Phil Davies and Wirral Labour is the most sound I have read on these threads (even though I don't necessarily subscribe to it !!). You live up to your name. Ben Beaconsfield
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7:50pm Fri 30 Mar 12

MX says...

Where was Frank?.
Where was Frank?. MX
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9:07pm Fri 30 Mar 12

antisthenes says...

Is it just me or does Davies look 1000% chuffed to be in the company of Labour's Big Guns..not surprising when you realise that he is mentally rehearsing for his role as the next MP for Birkenhead..hence perhaps the absence of Frank Feild?
Is it just me or does Davies look 1000% chuffed to be in the company of Labour's Big Guns..not surprising when you realise that he is mentally rehearsing for his role as the next MP for Birkenhead..hence perhaps the absence of Frank Feild? antisthenes
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9:23pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Jimrob says...

"It's so important that we get Labour in control of this council. We've seen here in Wirral the damage that a coalition is doing with the wrong priorities"

Good to see that the stooges surrounding Mr Burnham are keeping him well (mis)informed about Wirral politics and the way the council was run by Labour.

What planet are you on Mr Burnham, and just exactly how stupid do you think we are?

(BTW, and just for the record, I think the photo makes you all look like the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. I just hope you all get the same number of votes)
"It's so important that we get Labour in control of this council. We've seen here in Wirral the damage that a coalition is doing with the wrong priorities" Good to see that the stooges surrounding Mr Burnham are keeping him well (mis)informed about Wirral politics and the way the council was run by Labour. What planet are you on Mr Burnham, and just exactly how stupid do you think we are? (BTW, and just for the record, I think the photo makes you all look like the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. I just hope you all get the same number of votes) Jimrob
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9:26pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Jimrob says...

"Makin' Your Mind Up"

Then Andy whips Angela's skirt off, as Phil does likewise to Alison. Lol.
"Makin' Your Mind Up" Then Andy whips Angela's skirt off, as Phil does likewise to Alison. Lol. Jimrob
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7:58am Sat 31 Mar 12

uncatom says...

Where are we to go my children?we have had the useless replaced with the useless,is it to be a never ending circle of hopelessness? what are the alternatives? we now have a government of plutocrats supported by the also ran muppet party,what are the alternatives?the respect party arrrgh
Where are we to go my children?we have had the useless replaced with the useless,is it to be a never ending circle of hopelessness? what are the alternatives? we now have a government of plutocrats supported by the also ran muppet party,what are the alternatives?the respect party arrrgh uncatom
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2:35pm Sat 31 Mar 12

unbeleivable says...

Ben Beaconsfield wrote:
No mention of the treatment of vulnerable adults in Wirral?

This forms part of the remit of the Secretary of State for Health, and therefore well within the scope for comment of the Shadow Secretary. Surely Angela and Alison will have briefed Andy, even if Phil couldn't because he is still finding his feet as the new Labour leader.

Another missed opportunity?

Or another example of brushing things under the rug?
Can you tell me who social services personnel are answerable to?
[quote][p][bold]Ben Beaconsfield[/bold] wrote: No mention of the treatment of vulnerable adults in Wirral? This forms part of the remit of the Secretary of State for Health, and therefore well within the scope for comment of the Shadow Secretary. Surely Angela and Alison will have briefed Andy, even if Phil couldn't because he is still finding his feet as the new Labour leader. Another missed opportunity? Or another example of brushing things under the rug?[/p][/quote]Can you tell me who social services personnel are answerable to? unbeleivable
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6:35pm Sat 31 Mar 12

MX says...

Absolutely no-one
Absolutely no-one MX
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8:43am Sun 1 Apr 12

unbeleivable says...

Hi MX surely they are answerable to somebody. Does anyone know?
Hi MX surely they are answerable to somebody. Does anyone know? unbeleivable
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12:36pm Sun 1 Apr 12

MX says...

Apologies - Unbeleivable I was being facetious.
However it seems as though if you have friends in high places and as long you're protected by certain Councillors who chair Social Care Commitees they seem to be able to do exactly as they please with absolutely no consequences.

I'd be furious if I was that guy from Highways Dept who may have been suspended witnessing what DASS Management seem to have got away with.

However if they are qualified social workers then they can be struck off by the General Social Care Council if they are in breach of their Code of Conduct.

However I understand that many of DASS senior managers are not qualified social workers and are subject to other professional bodies anyway (CIPD,CIPFA etc;).
Apologies - Unbeleivable I was being facetious. However it seems as though if you have friends in high places and as long you're protected by certain Councillors who chair Social Care Commitees they seem to be able to do exactly as they please with absolutely no consequences. I'd be furious if I was that guy from Highways Dept who may have been suspended witnessing what DASS Management seem to have got away with. However if they are qualified social workers then they can be struck off by the General Social Care Council if they are in breach of their Code of Conduct. However I understand that many of DASS senior managers are not qualified social workers and are subject to other professional bodies anyway (CIPD,CIPFA etc;). MX
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4:35pm Sun 1 Apr 12

ArdalMcFardle says...

All you need to know about Mr Davies is summed up in this quote "What they do in Wirral is try to create all sorts of smokescreens and scandals which don’t exist in departments of the council. " -

Behave yourself, you complacent, pompous buffoon
All you need to know about Mr Davies is summed up in this quote "What they do in Wirral is try to create all sorts of smokescreens and scandals which don’t exist in departments of the council. " - Behave yourself, you complacent, pompous buffoon ArdalMcFardle
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7:52pm Sun 1 Apr 12

JADEE1 says...

£ 6.4 millon for a new youth club !! on the site of exmouth fire station ?? £ 200 grand allready spent just to look into it,!!that we dont need!! while our old folk get sold down the river with massive cuts!!dont think so corrupt labour!!fat faces in the developers,trough again,,labour cllrs,USING ,! tax payers credit cards,FOR THERE OWN PERSONAL USE,!! JAIL THE LOT ,CORRUPT GARBAGE,!!
£ 6.4 millon for a new youth club !! on the site of exmouth fire station ?? £ 200 grand allready spent just to look into it,!!that we dont need!! while our old folk get sold down the river with massive cuts!!dont think so corrupt labour!!fat faces in the developers,trough again,,labour cllrs,USING ,! tax payers credit cards,FOR THERE OWN PERSONAL USE,!! JAIL THE LOT ,CORRUPT GARBAGE,!! JADEE1
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7:55pm Sun 1 Apr 12

JADEE1 says...

EACH & EVERY ONE OF THEM !! VOTE FOR NEW BLOOD ,& GET THAT CORRUPT GARBAGE OUT,!!
EACH & EVERY ONE OF THEM !! VOTE FOR NEW BLOOD ,& GET THAT CORRUPT GARBAGE OUT,!! JADEE1
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8:17pm Sun 1 Apr 12

Ben Beaconsfield says...

Calm down and take a deep breath, JAYDEE1.

Where's this youth club story story come from?
Calm down and take a deep breath, JAYDEE1. Where's this youth club story story come from? Ben Beaconsfield
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8:33pm Sun 1 Apr 12

JADEE1 says...

check out wirral globe news dated friday 27 jan 2012,story by stephanie cureton,on net, ,or ring wirral globe,ta ben & i am calm just had enough of what now seams like,, openly corrupt cllrs rippen off every one frm young to old alike, on the wirral,& wont do anything for any one,except themselves,!!,& laffin at electorate,!!! dont vote for any of that,corrupt, garbage !!ben,.
check out wirral globe news dated friday 27 jan 2012,story by stephanie cureton,on net, ,or ring wirral globe,ta ben & i am calm just had enough of what now seams like,, openly corrupt cllrs rippen off every one frm young to old alike, on the wirral,& wont do anything for any one,except themselves,!!,& laffin at electorate,!!! dont vote for any of that,corrupt, garbage !!ben,. JADEE1
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9:26am Wed 4 Apr 12

Wirral First says...

If you want to do something about Wirral Borough Council please sign this and send the link to all your friends.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/32504
If you want to do something about Wirral Borough Council please sign this and send the link to all your friends. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/32504 Wirral First
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