The Borough has 3 MP’s, they are John Pugh (Lib Dem – Southport), Bill Esterson (Labour – Sefton Central) & Peter Dowd (Labour – Bootle).
John Pugh voted with his Lib Dem colleagues to oppose the Tories appalling attack on the poor.
Bill Esterson voted the Labour Party line by abstaining.
Peter Dowd voted against his Party’s whip i.e. the same way as John Pugh.
With Council Leader Peter Dowd becoming MP for Bootle in the recent General Election he stepped down from the Leader’s role on Sefton Council and as a Cabinet member, although he remains a member of the Council .
Would this be an end to Dowd family having a senior role in local government on Merseyside though? Well no it would not as another Dowd stepped up to the enlarged Cabinet in the form of Cllr. Marion Atkinson niece of Peter and daughter of former Merseytravel Chairman Mark, who is also a Sefton Councillor.
There’s no Dowd about it, Sefton remains a family affair.
Sefton now has 9 Cabinet members (all Labour), it had 7 before the elections on 7th May.
So Sefton has a new Leader (Cllr. Ian Maher) and surprise, surprise it’s another Labour Councillor from Bootle and his Deputy will be, yes you have guessed it, another Labour Councillor from Bootle (Cllr. John Fairclough).
The Bootle Labour Party has dominated Sefton politics for some years now with Bill Esterson’s Sefton Central Labour tribe being kept firmly away from power even though they are the voting fodder that enables the Bootle Labour Bucks to dominate us all in the Borough.
Peter Dowd was a Leader of some ability and I say that as someone who opposed him over many things in my time on Sefton Council. Peter was was a quick thinker on his feet and his speeches were usually of high quality whether you agreed with him or not. What I can’t see here is a Labour and indeed Council leadership that can match Peter Dowd’s skills. Is that why Peter is staying on as a councillor despite having just been elected MP for Bootle?