Has the worm turned in Sefton Central? For years Labour has trained it’s voters to vote on national issues and to pretty much ignore local matters and for years it has worked. But in May 2016 things changed and voters started to look at local issues which did Labour no favours at all.
Labour had a terrible secret and it has certainly been outed. Well it was no secret really but voters attention turned to it; just what Labour did not want them to do.
The issue – THE GREEN BELT – which Labour said they would defend but then voted to build on. They got away with this say one thing, do another stance for a long time and then the electorate said hold on a minute, what’s going on here?
The result was 3 Labour Sefton Council seats getting dumped by the electorate in favour of Independent candidates who had fought to save the Green Belt.
In Formby this trend had been established a while ago but now Maghull & Lydiate electors have joined the environmental lobby and they backed independent Green Belt campaigners and kicked Labour out.
The seed for this change was sown in a by-election in Maghull a few months ago when the Green Belt campaigners came within 3 votes of taking a Labour Council seat. And it was this web site that publicised that result as the media were strangely not for reporting Labour nearly losing. Indeed the result is still not posted on Sefton Council’s web site! –
So congratulations to the winning environmental campaigners in 3 Sefton Central wards – Sudell, Park (Maghull & Lydiate) and Ravenmeols (Formby).
Labour locally have found out to their cost what Nick Clegg found out over Tuition fees. Saying one thing and then doing another will eventually catch up with you.