2016 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council election

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22 Seats to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
34 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Liberal Democrats Conservative
Last election 42 16 7
Seats won 38 17 6
Seat change Decrease4 Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 29,573 11,335
Percentage 47.6% 15.3% 14.7%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Independents Group Ind. Conservative
Seats won 4 1

Council Control before election

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Labour

Council control after election


Labour

The 2016 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections. Sefton is divided into 22 wards, each electing 3 councillors, totalling up to 66 seats. Note, only 22 seats were up for election.

Labour retained their majority control of the council despite seeing it reduced, achieving 38 seats in total and 12 seats that were up for election. They won 48% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats swept the board in Southport winning every seat up for election.

Ward Results

Birkdale

Birkdale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Richard Hands 1,443 46.04
Labour Ged Wright 717
UKIP Linda Gunn-Russo 439
Conservative John Lyon-Taylor 428
Green Bernhard Frank 107
Majority 726
Turnout 3,134
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Changes between 2016 and 2018

Councillor Tony Dawson (Dukes ward) was suspended from the Liberal Democrats in July 2017 but rejoined in January 2018.[2]

Husband and wife councillors Bill Welsh and Marianne Welsh (both Norwood) left the Liberal Democrats in August 2017 and joined the Labour Party in September.[3]

Conservative councillor Pat Ball (Dukes) resigned in September 2017 due to ill health.[4] In the by-election on 2 November the Liberal Democrats gained the seat. New councillor John Pugh's term ends 2019.[5]

Labour councillor Andy Dams (Blundellsands) resigned his seat in December 2017. The seat will be filled in the election due on 3 May 2018.[6]

Conservative councillor Kevin Cluskey (Ford) resigned his seat in March 2018.[7] The seat's term ends in 2019,[8] and will be filled along with the one ending on 3 May 2018 in a double vacancy election.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Guide to May 2016 elections in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ Lopez, Jamie (29 January 2018). "Former deputy leader of Lib Dems returns to party after suspension". southportvisiter. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Labour in a Worle in Weston | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ "The Cable connects Oadby with Chesterfield | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "No mere Spear carrier | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Good week for Leavers | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Notice of Vacancy - Ford Ward" (PDF). Sefton Council. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "They break ties in Ockendon | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Notice of Election" (PDF). Sefton Council. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.