Was it the Champion wot won it for Labour? – Maghull TC by-election

Labour won the Maghull TC by-election held last Thursday but to paraphrase a long-standing and famous headline from a national paper that is never mentioned in polite company on Merseyside, ‘Was it the Aintree & Maghull Champion wot won it’ for Labour?

The evidence is significant due to the coverage the paper gave to the Labour candidate in the weeks up to the election. Photo’s and gushing reports were in a number of editions.

And I know I am not the only one to think this in the Maghull area and I understand such concerns are being raised in Formby too.

And yes, I have told the Champion what I think in case you are wondering.

Meet Cllr. Maria Bennett

Maria is an independent councillor elected on Thursday to represent Formby’s Ravenmeols Ward. The BBC has the story via this link:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-27538691

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Maria is a formidable environmental campaigner whom I have got to know over the past couple of years. Indeed, we Lib Dems were so impressed with the work of her FRAGOFF environmental group that we decided not to put up a candidate against her in the elections.

It is pleasing that she won and by a substantial margin too. You can imagine how delighted Sefton Labour Party were to see her elected to Sefton Council!

May I wish Maria all the best and my congratulations on her well deserved victory.