CELEBRATIONS AS LIVERPOOL LABOUR GROUP GAIN 5 SEATS FROM THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.
celebration as Anne takes Warbreck.
JUBILATION AS KENSINGTON WARD COMES HOME TO LABOUR.
Richard Marbrow HAS BEEN DISMISSED FROM HIS DUTIES BY THE
LIVERPOOL COUNCIL TAX PAYERS.
City Labour group defies national trend
May 4 2007
by Larry Neild, Liverpool Daily Post
LABOUR gained five valuable seats in Liverpool, with just over half the results in, in what was hailed as a successful night by their leader, Joe Anderson.
The party won Yewtree, Belle Vale, Speke Garston and Warbreck from the ruling Liberal Democrats, and in perhaps the biggest result of the night, took cabinet member Richard Marbrow’s seat in Kensington.
In another blow for Lib-Dem leader Warren Bradley, defector John Coyne, who joined the Green Party earlier this year, defended his seat in St Michael’s with a comfort-able majority.
The success in Speke Garston means that Labour now hold all three seats, completely overturning a Lib- Dem hold in the council chamber in that area.
Labour’s assault last year took their first gain, then earlier this year, Labour won a by-election, and now they have gained the final seat.
Mr Anderson said: “It’s a fantastic night for Labour.
“We’re on the road back to taking control of the city next year. I predicted we would do this well because the people of Liverpool are fed up with mismanagement at the hands of the Lib-Dems. We want to build on this success and prepare ourselves for taking over the running of the city council in a year’s time.
“The Lib-Dems are on the run.”
BUT Cllr Bradley was far from downhearted at the results. In the traditional Liberal Democrat strongholds, his councillors were winning by comfortable margins.
Former Lib-Dem leader Mike Storey said: “It’s an acceptable result tonight. We’re going into our 10th year of power and Tony Blair has been in power for 10 years and he has been wiped out and we’ve had a minor hiccup but we still have a big majority in the council chamber.
“This result means we will still have a Lib-Dem council running the city for the next five years.”
Culture and leisure executive member Berni Turner held on in Old Swan.
The minority Liberal Party was celebrating the re-election of Hazel Williams in Tuebrook and Stoneycroft.
Cllr Williams romped home with a majority of more than 1,200.
In Warbreck Ward, long- serving councillor Richard Roberts was beaten by Labour in what was essentially a two- way fight.
The majority was just 194 in what was one of the biggest turn-outs, 34%.
Earlier in the day, Labour election managers had been predicting around four wins and they were delighted that they hit their minimum target.
Analysts said Labour needed to win at least five to have any chance of making a final assault for council chamber rule in next year’s elections.
The Liberal Democrats went into the election holding 55 of the 90 seats.
With results still to come in, they were down to 51, while Labour narrowed the margin by increasing their foothold at the Town Hall to 35.
The biggest shock of the night was in Kensington and Fairfield where Council Cabinet member Richard Marbrow was defeated by Labour.
The seat had been on Labour’s wish list, but it was touch and go in what was a very close fight.
The result became known shortly after 1.30am when a loud cheer erupted from the Labour camp.
The majority is thought to have been as narrow as 50 votes.
But Labour were bracing themselves for a loss in Croxteth Ward where a recount was taking place early this morning.
Returning officer Colin Hilton had to call police to the recount after pushing and shoving as the count intensified.
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