WIRRAL's Green Party has a new councillor following a shock defection from the Labour Group. 

Councillor Gail Jenkinson, who represents Greasby, Frankby and Irby and has been described as a "formidable campaigner" has joined the Greens, the Party has confirmed. 

At the local council elections last May, Cllr Jenkinson topped the poll in her ward with nearly 50% of the vote in the most recent local elections in May 2023. 

She was previously the chair of the Wirral West Labour Party before she resigned in September after a row over the party’s candidate shortlist for the Parliamentary seat.

She said: "It is important that I keep the promises I made when I was elected last May. I feel that I can now only do this as a member of the Green Party.

"I love the place where I grew up and still live, and I speak to residents every day.

"I cannot do this honestly as Labour changes its policies, particularly now it is saying it will relax controls on building on the greenbelt.

"We have fought long and hard to protect our vital open spaces but our brownfield-first Local Plan is still under inspection.

"We have beaten Leverhulme and other developers for the time being, but we cannot be complacent.

"The last thing we need is more loopholes for big developers to exploit, potentially at great expense to the Council, depriving the public of even more funding.

“We must protect the future of our children and all future generations. I strongly believe that being a member of the Green Party is the best way for me to contribute to that future and be a more effective councillor."

The number of Wirral Green Party councillors has now increased to 14. It’s co-leaders are Cllrs Pat Cleary and Jo Bird.

Cllr Cleary said: "I'm delighted that Gail has decided to join the Green Party. Protecting our green belt and preventing urban sprawl is massively important to us.

"I know that Gail will be a passionate advocate of those principles for people in Greasby, Frankby and Irby."

Co-leader Bird added: “Gail is a formidable campaigner. She champions the issues of social and environmental justice that matter most to people who live in Greasby, Frankby and Irby.

"More and more people on the Wirral are turning to the Greens because – like Gail – we put people and environment first, not party bosses.”

The number of Green councillors in Wirral has now soared from one to 14 since 2019.

This will put them only three seats behind the Conservatives who are the second biggest party on the council.

It will also mean Wirral’s biggest party, Labour, now only has 29 councillors on the council.