My posting of 15th May refers:-
Yesterday I received a call from Maghull Town Council telling me that Labour Cllr. John Jarvis had resigned his seat. He had been elected to the Council at one of the many by-elections, which have followed previous Labour resignations, in March 2013. Originally, he had won a seat for the Conservative’s on Melling Parish Council in May 2011 but he resigned that position and stood for Labour in March 2013.
Incredibly, there have now been 8 Maghull Town Council Labour resignations since they snatched control of the Council from the Lib Dems in May 2011. It’s only a 16 member council altogether so half of the Councillors have resigned in just 3 years ago. The present balance of the Council, following this latest resignation, is 10 Labour, 5 Lib Dem and 1 vacancies.
Of the 13 Labour members elected in May 2011 8 have thrown in the towel although this is complicated by the fact that 2 of the newer Labour members who won by-elections, caused by their colleagues resigning, have resigned themselves.
The last 3 resignations of Labour members led to the Lib Dems gaining 2 Labour seats in the July 2013 by-elections.
Can there possibly be another Council in the UK where 50% of the councillors, all from the same ruling political group, have resigned? Answers on a post card to Maghull Town Council, Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31………….
What a campaign, 2 shootings in the ward as well as politicians taking verbal pot-shots at each other! These by-elections were held whilst leafy Maghull has sadly been going through an unprecedented crime wave. The elections are over and we can only hope that the crime wave is as well. Our normally quiet community has had a gut full of violent crime.
So what of the election results? Well we Lib Dems did remarkable well, far better than could ever have been expected. To come so close was a pleasant surprise.
Labour 514 elected – Labour hold
Labour 509 elected – Labour hold
Labour 499 elected – Labour hold
Lib Dem (Bruce Hubbard) 410
Lib Dem (Wyn Maher) 391
Lib Dem (Jen Robertson) 398
Turnout 20.51%, Swing – Labour to Lib Dems 3.2%
(Note- there was only one Green candidate for this 3 seat election and both the Tories and UKIP did not put up candidates at all. The expected intervention of independent candidates did not materialise either)
We called for the elections to be held to fill the 3 seats vacated by Labour’s resigning councillors who had got elected but did not want to be councillors. The farce whereby Labour held a secret meeting (following the last Labour resignation from the Council) and co-opted a Labour supporter onto the Council could not be allowed to happen again.
Bruce, Wyn and Jen our valiant Lib Dem candidates wish to thank the folks who voted for them in a hard fought campaign over the past 6 weeks.
Socialism remains the favoured creed in Maghull and the Town’s ability to forgive and forget all kinds of Labour cock-ups since they have been running the Town Council shows that sadly Labour really can get away with almost anything at present.