2018 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election
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23 of 66 seats (One Third and one by-election)
to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
34 seats needed for a majority
Turnout36.3% (Increase0.7%)
  First party Second party
 
Cllr Phil Davies portrait.jpg
Cllr Ian Lewis.jpg
Leader Phil Davies Ian Lewis
Party Labour Conservative
Leader since 29 March 2012 (2012-03-29)[1] 8 May 2017 (2017-05-08)[2]
Leader's seat Birkenhead
and
Tranmere

Wallasey
Last election 14 seats,
46.1%
7 seats,
30.8%
Seats before 39 21
Seats won 12 8
Seats after 39 21
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 40,092 31,122
Percentage 45.5% 35.3%
Swing Decrease0.6% Increase4.5%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Cllr Phil Gilchrist2.jpg
Cllr Pat Cleary2.jpg
Leader Phil Gilchrist Pat Cleary[n 1]
Party Liberal Democrats Green
Leader since 16 May 2013 (2013-05-16)[3] 22 May 2014 (2014-05-22)[4]
Leader's seat
Eastham
Birkenhead
and
Tranmere
Last election 2 seats,
10.9%
0 seats,
6.8%
Seats before 5 1
Seats won 2 1
Seats after 5 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 8,993 7,545
Percentage 10.2% 8.6%
Swing Decrease0.7% Increase1.8%

Wirral Council Election Results Map 2018.svg
Map of results of 2018 election

Leader of the Council before election

Phil Davies
Labour

Leader of the Council after election

Phil Davies
Labour

The 2018 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in England.[5] This election was held on the same day as other local elections.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   ±  
Labour 39 Steady
Conservative 21 Steady
Liberal Democrat 5 Steady
Green 1 Steady
Source: BBC[6]

Election results

Overall election result

Overall result compared with 2016.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election result, 2018
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 23 12 0 0 Steady 54.5 45.5 40,092 Decrease0.6
  Conservative 23 8 0 0 Steady 31.8 35.3 31,122 Increase4.5
  Liberal Democrats 22 2 0 0 Steady 9.1 10.2 8,993 Decrease0.7
  Green 23 1 0 0 Steady 4.5 8.6 7,545 Increase1.8
  TUSC 3 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.3 239 Decrease0.2
  UKIP 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 107 Decrease3.6
  Independent 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 92 Decrease1.1

[5] [n 2]

Results by constituency

Birkenhead constituency

Birkenhead consists of the wards of Bidston and St James, Birkenhead and Tranmere, Claughton, Oxton, Prenton and Rock Ferry.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results, 2018 (Birkenhead)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 6 4 0 0 Steady 66.7 54.7 11,169 Decrease1.0
  Green 6 1 0 0 Steady 16.7 19.2 3,916 Increase6.9
  Liberal Democrats 5 1 0 0 Steady 16.7 14.1 2,875 Decrease2.2
  Conservative 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 11.3 2,307 Increase1.0
  TUSC 2 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.7 150 Decrease0.3

[5]

Wallasey constituency

Wallasey consists of the wards of Leasowe and Moreton East, Liscard, Moreton West and Saughall Massie, New Brighton, Seacombe and Wallasey.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results, 2018 (Wallasey)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 6 4 0 0 Steady 66.7 52.2 12,201 Decrease0.1
  Conservative 6 2 0 0 Steady 33.3 38.1 8,898 Increase3.5
  Green 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 4.8 1,121 Steady
  Liberal Democrats 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 4.0 934 Increase1.6
  UKIP 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.5 107 Decrease5.1
  Independent 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 92 N/A

[5]

Wirral South constituency

Wirral South consists of the wards of Bebington, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Eastham, and Heswall.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results, 2018 (Wirral South)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 5 2 0 0 Steady 40.0 40.4 8,803 Increase2.9
  Conservative 5 2 0 0 Steady 40.0 39.5 8,602 Increase6.8
  Liberal Democrats 5 1 0 0 Steady 20.0 15.7 3,418 Decrease2.1
  Green 5 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 4.4 966 Steady

[5]

Wirral West constituency

Wirral West consists of the wards of Greasby, Frankby and Irby, Hoylake and Meols, Pensby and Thingwall, Upton, and West Kirby and Thurstaston.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results, 2018 (Wirral West)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Conservative 6 4 0 0 Steady 60.0 50.0 11,315 Increase6.1
  Labour 6 2 0 0 Steady 40.0 35.0 7,919 Decrease4.0
  Liberal Democrats 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 7.8 1,766 Decrease0.7
  Green 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 6.8 1,542 Increase0.6
  TUSC 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 89 Steady

[5] [n 2]

Changes in council composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

38 20 5 1 2
Lab Con LD G V

After the election the composition of the council was:

39 21 5 1
Lab Con LD G
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council composition after the 2018 election
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council composition after the 2018 election

Votes summary

Popular vote
Labour
45.5%
Conservative
36.3%
Liberal Democrats
10.2%
Green
8.6%
Others
0.5%

Seats summary

Wards won
Labour
54.5%
Conservative
31.8%
Liberal Democrats
9.1%
Green
4.5%
Others
0.0%

Proportionality

The disproportionality of the 2018 election was 7.49 using the Gallagher Index.

Political Party Vote Share Seat Share Difference Difference²
Labour 45.46 54.55 Increase9.09 82.63
Conservative 35.29 31.82 Decrease3.47 12.04
Liberal Democrat 10.20 9.09 Decrease1.11 1.23
Green 8.56 4.55 Decrease4.01 16.08
TUSC 0.27 0.00 Decrease0.27 0.07
UKIP 0.12 0.00 Decrease0.12 0.01
Independent 0.10 0.00 Decrease0.10 0.01
TOTAL 112.07
TOTAL /2 56.04
7.49

[n 3]

Parties and candidates

Contesting political parties

Party Leader Leader since Leader's ward Up for
re-election?
Last election This election
% of
votes
Wards Defending Prior Composition
Labour Phil Davies 29 March 2012 Birkenhead and Tranmere Red XN 46.1% 13 12
39 / 66
Conservative Ian Lewis 8 May 2017 Wallasey Red XN 30.8% 7 7
21 / 66
Liberal Democrats Phil Gilchrist 16 May 2013 Eastham Red XN 10.9% 2 2
5 / 66
Green Pat Cleary[n 1] 22 May 2014 Birkenhead and Tranmere Green tickY 6.8% 0 1
1 / 66

There were in total 96 candidates (down 7 from 2016).[7] As per 2016, both Labour and The Conservative Party contested all 23 seats up for election. The Green Party also stood 23 (up 2), the Liberal Democrats, 22 (up 3) and TUSC, 3 (down 4). UKIP stood 1 candidate (down 8) with 1 Independent also standing.[8]

Policies

Labour Party

Wirral Labour's local election campaign was launched on 10 April 2018 at The Engineering College in Monk's Ferry with the help of the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.[9]

Wirral Labour's key priorities were to protect services; work with the police and social services to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and to work with the Metro Mayor to access funds to improve roads and highways.[10]

Wirral Labour received criticism by its own LCF (Local Campaign Forum) for only having one target seat, the Green held ward of Birkenhead and Tranmere.[11] Their campaign in Birkenhead included "Super Saturdays", personal attacks against the Green candidate Pat Cleary and suspected Green voting Labour members put on a list and threatened with suspension.[11] The Greens held the seat with an increased vote share.[12] Other targets were later added.

Conservative Party

The Wirral Conservative's key priorities were to cut spending on consultants and senior directors; abolish country park and coastal area parking charges; scrap the Wirral View newspaper and use the money to reinstate school crossing patrols; scrap plans for food waste bins and instead do more to reduce packaging and plastic waste; ban lending to other councils and scrap plans to build on the Green belt.[13][14]

Liberal Democrats

The Wirral Liberal Democrat's key priorities were to focus on getting basic services right; secure grants from the government that will recognise Wirral's needs; give local people a greater say, particularly over the Wirral Growth Company; "leave nobody out", particularly in the example of health and social services; make sure money from the sale of council assets is put back into the community; better maintain the road network with more 20 mph zones to improve safety and to scrap the Wirral View.[14]

Green Party

The Wirral Green Party's key priorities were to clamp down on waste and invest more in "key public services"; scrap the Wirral View newspaper and invest savings made in improving the environment; freeze executive pay and introduce measures to address the "obscene pay gap" between the lowest and highest paid council staff; prioritise key brownfield sites for regeneration and housing to end the threat to Wirral's Green belt; transform democratic structures to secure "a more inclusive and transparent council in contrast to the rigid closed shop operated by the Labour Party" and to prioritise investment in active travel with pedestrians, cyclists and cleaner air.[14]

Other parties

The sole UKIP candidate, Paula Walters, was urged to withdraw her nomination by The Labour Party due to a series of "hate-filled" tweets from an account under her name that compared migrants to terrorists.[15]

A Green stake board in Birkenhead and Tranmere
A Green stake board in Birkenhead and Tranmere

Retiring councillors

Ward Departing Councillor Party
Bebington Walter Smith[16] Labour (died on 9 November 2017)[17]
Bidston and St James Ann McLachlan[18] Labour
Clatterbridge Tracey Pilgrim[19] Conservative
Hoylake and Meols Eddie Boult[20] Conservative
Hoylake and Meols John Hale[21] Conservative (retired on 12 March 2018)[22]
Leasowe and Moreton East Treena Johnson[23] Labour
Oxton Alan Brighouse[24] Liberal Democrat
Pensby and Thingwall Louise Reecejones[25] Labour
Prenton Denise Realey[26] Labour

Ward results

Results compared directly with the last local election in 2016.

Bebington

Bebington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Cottier 2,660 59.6 Increase2.6
Conservative Des Drury 1,355 30.3 Increase8.6
Liberal Democrats Chris Britton 235 5.3 Steady
Green Rachel Heydon 215 4.8 Increase0.5
Majority 1,305 29.3 Decrease6.0
Registered electors 12,086
Turnout 4,473 37.0 Decrease0.1
Rejected ballots 8 0.2 Decrease0.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.0

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Bidston and St James

Bidston and St James
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Grey 1,866 75.7 Increase6.6
Conservative Nick Hanna 303 12.3 Increase4.6
Green Jamie Parkhouse 119 4.8 Increase0.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Parsons 92 3.7 Increase0.4
TUSC Warwick Roberts 84 3.4 Increase1.3
Majority 1,563 63.4 Increase7.7
Registered electors 10,294
Turnout 2,469 24.0 Decrease0.8
Rejected ballots 5 0.2 Decrease0.3
Labour hold Swing Increase3.9

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Birkenhead and Tranmere

Birkenhead and Tranmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Pat Cleary 1,881 49.7 Increase7.1
Labour Paul Jobson 1,810 47.8 Decrease0.1
Conservative June Cowin 96 2.5 Increase0.7
Majority 71 1.9 N/A
Registered electors 10,281
Turnout 3,793 36.9 Increase3.3
Rejected ballots 6 0.2 Decrease0.4
Green hold Swing Increase3.6

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Bromborough

Bromborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Williams 2,120 61.1 Increase10.6
Conservative Peter Taylor 768 22.1 Increase9.7
Liberal Democrats Vicky Downie 386 11.1 Increase6.9
Green Susan Braddock 198 5.7 Increase2.0
Majority 1,352 39.0 Increase16.1
Registered electors 11,756
Turnout 3,483 29.6 Decrease2.0
Rejected ballots 11 0.3 Decrease0.4
Labour hold Swing Increase8.1

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Clatterbridge

Clatterbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Jordan 2,735 55.3 Increase3.6
Labour Giuseppe Roberto 1,674 33.9 Decrease3.1
Liberal Democrats Colin Thompson 322 6.5 Decrease0.9
Green Jim McGinley 211 4.3 Increase0.4
Majority 1,061 21.4 Increase6.7
Registered electors 11,528
Turnout 4,952 43.0 Increase3.4
Rejected ballots 10 0.2 Decrease0.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.4

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Claughton

Claughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gillian Wood 2,079 58.9 Decrease7.7
Conservative Suzanne Downward 795 22.5 Increase4.6
Liberal Democrats David Evans 426 12.1 Increase5.3
Green Liz Heydon 231 6.5 Increase0.3
Majority 1,284 36.4 Decrease12.3
Registered electors 11,549
Turnout 3,541 30.7 Decrease0.9
Rejected ballots 10 0.3 Decrease0.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease6.2

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Eastham

Eastham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Chris Carubia 2,083 48.2 Decrease18.8
Labour Co-op Jo Bird 1,561 36.1 Increase12.5
Conservative Allan Guy 564 13.0 Increase5.7
Green Percy Hogg 115 2.7 Increase0.6
Majority 522 12.1 Decrease31.3
Registered electors 11,150
Turnout 4,330 38.8 Increase2.0
Rejected ballots 7 0.2 Decrease0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease15.7

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Greasby, Frankby and Irby

Greasby, Frankby and Irby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wendy Clements 3,046 58.8 Increase10.3
Labour Katherine Stuart 1,238 23.9 Decrease4.9
Liberal Democrats Andy Corkhill 717 13.8 Decrease3.8
Green Cathy Page 176 3.4 Decrease1.8
Majority 1,808 34.9 Increase15.2
Registered electors 11,500
Turnout 5,184 45.1 Increase5.3
Rejected ballots 7 0.1 Decrease0.5
Conservative hold Swing Increase7.6

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Heswall

Heswall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Les Rowlands 3,180 69.3 Increase4.3
Labour Christine Trenery 788 17.2 Decrease3.1
Liberal Democrats Robert Thompson 392 8.5 Increase1.7
Green Barbara Burton 227 4.9 Decrease2.9
Majority 2,392 52.1 Increase7.4
Registered electors 10,950
Turnout 4,595 42.0 Increase2.0
Rejected ballots 8 0.2 Decrease0.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.7

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Hoylake and Meols

Hoylake and Meols (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Cox [n 4] 2,441 53.9 Decrease0.2
Conservative Andrew Gardner [n 5] 2,378 52.6 Decrease1.5
Labour Tony Murphy 1,346 29.7 Decrease0.5
Labour Matthew Daniel 1,191 26.3 Decrease3.9
Green Alix Cockcroft 526 11.6 Increase2.4
Liberal Democrats Peter Reisdorf 298 6.6 Increase0.1
Green Mark Wilde 259 5.7 Decrease3.5
Liberal Democrats Alexander Clark 222 4.9 Decrease1.6
Majority 1,095 23.7 Decrease0.2
Registered electors 10,586
Turnout 4,537 42.9 Increase3.9
Rejected ballots 12 0.3 Decrease0.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

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Leasowe and Moreton East

Leasowe and Moreton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Jones 2,067 58.6 Decrease10.7
Conservative Debbie Caplin 1,185 33.6 Increase9.9
Green Michael Dixon 116 3.3 Decrease3.8
Independent Mike Holt 92 2.6 New
Liberal Democrats David Tyrrell 65 1.8 New
Majority 882 25.0 Decrease20.6
Registered electors 10,782
Turnout 3,534 32.8 Increase0.9
Rejected ballots 9 0.3 Decrease0.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.3

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Liscard

Liscard
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janette Williamson 2,241 63.6 Increase8.3
Conservative Margaret Kalil 756 21.5 Increase4.5
Liberal Democrats Susan Arrowsmith 337 9.6 Increase2.7
Green Perle Sheldricks 190 5.4 Decrease2.9
Majority 1,485 42.1 Increase3.8
Registered electors 11,091
Turnout 3,542 31.9 Decrease0.9
Rejected ballots 18 0.5 Increase0.2
Labour hold Swing Increase1.9

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Moreton West and Saughall Massie

Moreton West and Saughall Massie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bruce Berry 2,711 61.6 Increase4.8
Labour Bill McGenity 1,464 33.3 Decrease0.7
Green Helen O'Donnell 135 3.1 Increase1.1
Liberal Democrats Amanda Crowfoot 92 2.1 New
Majority 1,247 28.3 Increase5.5
Registered electors 10,688
Turnout 4,409 41.3 Increase1.9
Rejected ballots 7 0.2 Decrease0.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.8

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New Brighton

New Brighton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Spriggs 2,402 59.1 Increase7.2
Conservative William Raybould 1,048 25.8 Decrease8.3
Green Cynthia Stonall 326 8.0 Increase3.4
Liberal Democrats Adam Keenan 184 4.5 Increase2.3
UKIP Paula Walters 107 2.6 Decrease3.4
Majority 1,354 33.3 Increase15.5
Registered electors 11,267
Turnout 4,076 36.2 Decrease2.9
Rejected ballots 9 0.2 Decrease0.2
Labour hold Swing Increase7.8

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Oxton

Oxton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Allan Brame 2,073 47.6 Decrease6.4
Labour Jeff Davies 1,700 39.0 Increase3.4
Conservative Hilary Jones 376 8.6 Increase2.4
Green Moira Gommon 205 4.7 Increase0.5
Majority 373 8.6 Decrease9.8
Registered electors 11,135
Turnout 4,359 39.1 Decrease1.0
Rejected ballots 5 0.1 Decrease0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease4.9

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Pensby and Thingwall

Pensby and Thingwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kate Cannon 1,878 43.9 Decrease4.6
Conservative Michael Collins 1,855 43.4 Increase10.1
Liberal Democrats Lucy Johnson 298 7.0 Increase0.6
Green Allen Burton 244 5.7 Increase3.0
Majority 23 0.5 Decrease14.7
Registered electors 10,473
Turnout 4,282 40.9 Decrease3.9
Rejected ballots 7 0.2 Decrease0.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.4

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Prenton

Prenton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samantha Frost 1,914 49.4 Decrease10.9
Green Chris Cooke 1,322 34.1 Increase24.2
Conservative Tom Bottom 470 12.1 Decrease7.1
Liberal Democrats Mark Forshaw 172 4.4 Decrease6.2
Majority 592 15.3 Decrease25.8
Registered electors 10,995
Turnout 3,891 35.4 Increase3.6
Rejected ballots 19 0.5 Decrease0.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease12.9

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Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Moira McLaughlin 1,800 74.9 Increase8.2
Conservative Sue Hemmings 267 11.1 Increase2.6
Green Sheena Hatton 158 6.6 Increase0.2
Liberal Democrats Edward Smith 112 4.7 Increase1.2
TUSC Mark Hazlehurst 66 2.7 Increase1.2
Majority 1,533 63.8 Increase10.4
Registered electors 10,113
Turnout 2,409 23.8 Decrease1.9
Rejected ballots 6 0.2 Decrease0.6
Labour hold Swing Increase5.2

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Seacombe

Seacombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adrian Jones 2,003 77.1 Decrease8.2
Conservative John Laing 337 13.0 Decrease1.7
Green Peter Lageard 174 6.7 New
Liberal Democrats Christopher Teggin 85 3.3 New
Majority 1,666 64.1 Decrease6.5
Registered electors 10,366
Turnout 2,605 25.1 Decrease1.6
Rejected ballots 6 0.2 Decrease2.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.3

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Upton

Upton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stuart Whittingham 2,289 58.2 Decrease2.8
Conservative Alison Wright 1,125 28.6 Increase3.9
Green Lily Clough 265 6.7 Decrease0.3
Liberal Democrats Alan Davies 166 4.2 Decrease0.4
TUSC John Murray 89 2.3 Decrease0.3
Majority 1,164 29.6 Decrease6.7
Registered electors 12,471
Turnout 3,945 31.6 Increase1.3
Rejected ballots 11 0.3 Decrease1.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.4

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Wallasey

Wallasey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lesley Rennie 2,861 54.6 Increase4.5
Labour Paul Martin 2,024 38.7 Increase3.6
Green James Brady 180 3.4 Decrease2.0
Liberal Democrats John Codling 171 3.3 Decrease1.0
Majority 837 15.9 Increase0.9
Registered electors 11,823
Turnout 5,243 44.3 Increase5.7
Rejected ballots 7 0.1 Decrease0.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase0.4

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West Kirby and Thurstaston

West Kirby and Thurstaston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeff Green 2,848 61.5 Increase4.0
Labour James Laing 1,168 25.2 Decrease3.4
Green Yvonne McGinley 331 7.1 Decrease0.6
Liberal Democrats Michael Redfern 287 6.2 Steady
Majority 1,680 36.3 Increase7.4
Registered electors 10,328
Turnout 4,642 44.9 Increase4.1
Rejected ballots 8 0.2 Decrease0.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.7

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Changes between 2018 and 2019

Bromborough by-election 2018

Cllr Warren Ward, elected in 2016, announced his resignation on 9 July 2018.[78] A casual vacancy was announced the next day.[79][80]

Outgoing councillor Warren Ward.
Outgoing councillor Warren Ward.
By-election, 23 August 2018: Bromborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jo Bird[81] 1,253 47.1 Decrease14.0
Conservative Des Drury[82] 749 28.1 Increase6.0
Liberal Democrats Vicky Downie[83] 454 17.1 Increase6.0
Independent Steve Niblock 147 5.5 New
Green Susan Braddock 59 2.2 Decrease3.5
Majority 504 19.0 Decrease20.0
Registered electors 11,760
Turnout 2,664 22.7 Decrease6.9
Rejected ballots 2 0.1 Decrease0.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.0

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Campaign

On 20 July, Conservative candidate Des Drury sent a printed letter to nearly 1,200 residents about a planning application being approved for the ex-Bromborough Secondary School site that borders the south of the ward.[86][87] The letter mentions a "More than 1,000" signature strong petition opposing the application.[88] The lead petitioner, who spoke in front of the planning committee when the application was considered on 19 July, was future Labour candidate Jo Bird.[87] This was despite the fact that all 7 Labour councillors on the committee (a majority on the committee as a whole) voted to approve the application.[88]

Upton by-election 2018

Cllr Matthew Patrick, first elected in 2013, announced his resignation on 21 September 2018.[89] He formally resigned on 7 October 2018 with a casual vacancy announced the following day.[90][91]

By-election, 22 November 2018: Upton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean Robinson[92] 1,490 61.3 Increase3.1
Conservative Emma Sellman[93] 705 29.0 Increase0.4
Green Lily Clough 151 6.2 Decrease0.5
Liberal Democrats Alan Davies 83 3.4 Decrease0.8
Majority 785 32.3 Increase2.7
Registered electors 12,040
Turnout 2,434 20.2 Decrease11.4
Rejected ballots 5 0.2 Decrease0.1
Labour hold Swing Increase1.4

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Other changes

Date Ward Name Previous affiliation New affiliation Circumstance
28 August 2018 Pensby and Thingwall Mike Suillvan Labour Independent Resigned.[96]
25 October 2018 Rock Ferry Moira McLaughlin Labour Independent Resigned.[97]
January 2019 Rock Ferry Chris Meaden Labour Independent Resigned.[98]
4 March 2019 Bromborough Jo Bird Labour Co-op Independent Suspended.[99]
14 March 2019 Bromborough Jo Bird Independent Labour Co-op Reinstated.[100]
18 March 2019 Rock Ferry Bill Davies Labour Independent Resigned.[101]
April 2019 Oxton Paul Doughty Labour Independent Suspended.[102]

On 22 February 2019, Moira McLaughlin was announced as leader of an Independent group composed of the three Labour defections.[103]

Notes

italics denote the sitting councillor • bold denotes the winning candidate

  1. ^ a b As the only Green on the council prior to the election, Pat Cleary was their de facto group leader.
  2. ^ a b % of total refers to % of wards won.
  3. ^ Seat share refers to % of wards won.
  4. ^ Elected to serve a 4-year term.
  5. ^ Elected to serve a 2-year term.

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