2019 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election
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22 of 66 seats (One Third)
to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
34 seats needed for a majority
Turnout37.1% (Increase0.8%)
  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 12 seats,
45.5%
8 seats,
35.3%
Seats before 34 21
Seats won 10 8
Seats after 32 22
Seat change Decrease2 Increase1
Popular vote 31,778 28,467
Percentage 35.8% 32.1%
Swing Decrease9.7% Decrease3.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Cllr Pat Cleary2.jpg
Cllr Phil Gilchrist2.jpg
Leader Pat Cleary[n 1] Phil Gilchrist
Party Green Liberal Democrats
Leader since 22 May 2014 (2014-05-22)[3] 16 May 2013 (2013-05-16)[4]
Leader's seat Birkenhead
and
Tranmere

Eastham
Last election 1 seat,
8.6%
2 seats,
10.2%
Seats before 1 5
Seats won 2 2
Seats after 3 6
Seat change Increase2 Increase1
Popular vote 14,803 10,283
Percentage 16.7% 11.6%
Swing Increase8.1% Increase1.4%

Wirral Council Election Results Map 2019.svg
Map of results of 2019 election

Leader of the Council before election

Phil Davies
Labour

Leader of the Council after election

Pat Hackett (Labour)
No Overall Control

The 2019 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 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 32 Decrease2
Conservative 22 Increase1
Liberal Democrat 6 Increase1
Green 3 Increase2
Independent 3 Decrease2
Source: The Guardian[6]

Election results

Overall election result

Overall result compared with 2018.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election result, 2019
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 22 10 1 3 Decrease2 45.5 35.8 31,778 Decrease9.7
  Conservative 22 8 1 0 Increase1 36.4 32.1 28,467 Decrease3.2
  Green 21 2 2 0 Increase2 9.1 16.7 14,803 Increase8.1
  Liberal Democrats 16 2 1 0 Increase1 9.1 11.6 10,283 Increase1.4
  UKIP 7 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.5 2,182 Increase2.4
  Independent 2 0 0 0 Decrease2 0.0 1.4 1,203 Increase1.3

[7]

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, 2019 (Birkenhead)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 6 3 1 2 Decrease1 50.0 39.5 8,271 Decrease15.2
  Green 5 2 2 0 Increase2 33.3 29.8 6,239 Increase10.6
  Liberal Democrats 3 1 1 0 Increase1 16.7 15.1 3,167 Increase1.0
  Conservative 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 6.9 1,447 Decrease4.4
  Independent 2 0 0 2 Decrease2 0.0 5.7 1,203 N/A
  UKIP 2 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 3.0 631 N/A

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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, 2019 (Wallasey)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 6 4 0 0 Steady 66.7 44.0 10,143 Decrease8.2
  Conservative 6 2 0 0 Steady 33.3 36.8 8,486 Decrease1.3
  Green 6 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 10.0 2,310 Increase5.2
  UKIP 4 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 5.2 1,202 Increase4.7
  Liberal Democrats 4 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 4.0 925 Steady

[7]

Wirral South constituency

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

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Election Results, 2019 (Wirral South)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Conservative 5 2 0 0 Steady 40.0 35.8 7,757 Decrease3.7
  Labour 5 2 0 0 Steady 40.0 32.2 6,970 Decrease8.2
  Liberal Democrats 4 1 0 0 Steady 20.0 19.4 4,196 Increase3.7
  Green 5 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 12.6 2,726 Increase8.2

[7]

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, 2019 (Wirral West)
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Conservative 5 4 1 0 Increase1 80.0 46.8 10,777 Decrease3.2
  Labour 5 1 0 1 Decrease1 20.0 27.7 6,394 Decrease7.3
  Green 5 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 15.3 3,528 Increase8.5
  Liberal Democrats 5 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 8.7 1,995 Increase0.9
  UKIP 1 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.5 349 N/A

[7]

Changes in council composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:[8]

34 21 5 1 5
Lab Con LD G Ind

After the election the composition of the council was:[6]

32 22 6 3 3
Lab Con LD G I
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council composition after the 2019 election
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council composition after the 2019 election

Votes summary

Popular vote
Labour
35.8%
Conservative
32.1%
Green
16.7%
Liberal Democrats
11.6%
UKIP
2.5%
Independent
1.4%

Seats summary

Wards won
Labour
45.5%
Conservative
36.4%
Green
9.1%
Liberal Democrats
9.1%
Others
0.0%

Proportionality

The disproportionality of the 2019 election was 9.56 using the Gallagher Index.

Political Party Vote Share Seat Share Difference Difference²
Labour 35.82 45.45 9.63 92.74
Conservative 32.09 36.36 4.27 18.23
Green 16.69 9.09 7.60 57.76
Liberal Democrat 11.59 9.09 2.50 6.25
UKIP 2.46 0.00 2.46 6.05
Independent 1.36 0.00 1.36 1.85
TOTAL 182.88
TOTAL /2 91.44
TOTAL /2 9.56

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
(outgoing)[9]
29 March 2012 Birkenhead and Tranmere Green tickY[n 2] 45.5% 12 12
34 / 66
Conservative Ian Lewis 8 May 2017 Wallasey Red XN 35.3% 7 7
21 / 66
Liberal Democrats Phil Gilchrist 16 May 2013 Eastham Red XN 10.2% 2 1
5 / 66
Green Pat Cleary[n 1] 22 May 2014 Birkenhead and Tranmere Red XN 8.6% 1 0
1 / 66
Independent Moira McLaughlin 22 February 2019[10] Rock Ferry Red XN 0.1% 0 2[n 3]
5 / 66

At the last regular election (2018), The Conservatives, Greens and Labour all ran a full slate of candidates with the Liberal Democrats contesting all but one of the seats available with other parties only putting forward a handful of candidates between them.

Candidate selection

The Green Party selected Steve Hayes on 13 June 2018 to contest the seat of Birkenhead and Tranmere after Pat Cleary was re-elected in May.[11]

On 17 September, incumbent Hoylake and Meols councillor of 20 years Gerry Ellis announced that he had been deselected by the Conservative Party.[12] Ellis appealed against the deselection, claiming he had been "unlawfully" discriminated against because of his age. In December, Alison Wright was announced as the new Conservative candidate.[13]

On 17 October, Phil Davies announced in a party email that he would stand down as Council Leader in May as well as not seeking re-election for his Birkenhead and Tranmere seat after serving on Wirral Council for over 27 years.[9]

Labour's selection process began in October with the left targeting seats such as Liscard, Bidston and St James, Pensby and Thingwall, Rock Ferry and New Brighton.[14] Both Ron Abbey (Leasowe and Moreton East) and Chris Meaden (Rock Ferry) were not selected. Bernie Mooney's re-selection for Liscard was questioned due to apparent irregularities in the selection process.[15][16] Her candidacy was upheld by the regional party.[17] However, on 27 February she was found to be in breach of Labour rules and subsequently removed from the panel of candidates by the Local Campaign Forum.[18]

TUSC suspended their electoral activity in November so did not put forward any candidates.[19]

In January, Meaden resigned the Labour whip and sought re-election as an independent.[20]

Target seats

Labour targeted Eastham and Wallasey and hoped to hold on to Pensby and Thingwall and Oxton, the latter of which was held by the Liberal Democrats in the subsequent two elections.[21][22]

The Conservatives' main target seat was Pensby and Thingwall, which they lost by just 23 votes in 2018.[23]

The Liberal Democrats hoped to regain a third councillor in Oxton, and the Greens were looking to take a second in Birkenhead and Tranmere and to make headways in Prenton.[24][25]

Campaign

On 26 March, Wirral Labour criticised the Conservatives for starting a Crowdfunder page for the election which had, so far, raised £20.[26] This came despite itself having used crowdfunding with Tory leader Ian Lewis saying that they [Labour] needed to "get with the programme".[citation needed]

Outgoing Oxton councillor Paul Doughty was suspended from Labour in April due to campaigning for the Independent Group.[27]

Representatives from all four parties in Council as well as the Independent Group appeared on Sunday Politics North West on 7 April talking about the issues facing the election campaign.[28] Particular attention was given to the Green belt as well as the alleged rifts in the local Labour Party.[citation needed]

Leasowe and Moreton East Conservative candidate Debbie Caplin was criticised by Labour for comments she made to The Observer in 2016 in which she described her hometown of Moreton as "horrible".[29] Tory Leader Ian Lewis defended her comments as being taken out of context stating that "Debbie, her family and her neighbours had been let down by years of Labour neglect".[citation needed]

Greenbelt leak controversy

On Monday 8 April, a report leaked by Pensby and Thingwall councillor Phil Brightmore claimed that 20 Green belt sites ranging from 2 to 1,705 houses had been "saved" from development.[30] However, the following day a statement released by Wirral Council dismissed that any sites had been removed from the list of [Green belt] sites identified for potential release.[citation needed]

Further leaked documents suggested that Labour were deciding on potential sites based on political preference.[31]

A full list of 21 "accepted" sites published on 23 April was described by Liberal Democrat planning spokesperson Stuart Kelly as a "shabby back-room carve up of green belt sites based on what was politically advantageous to Labour".[32]

Policies

A 12 April article in the Wirral Globe put forward each party's priorities for the election.[33]

Labour
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
Green

Retiring councillors

Ward Departing Councillor Party Ref.
Birkenhead and Tranmere Phil Davies[34] Labour [9]
Clatterbridge Adam Sykes[35] Conservative [36]
Hoylake and Meols Gerry Ellis[37] Conservative (deselected) [12]
Leasowe and Moreton East Ron Abbey[38] Labour (deselected) [15]
Liscard Bernie Mooney[39] Labour (deselected) [18]
Oxton Paul Doughty[40] Independent [41]
West Kirby and Thurstaston David Elderton[42] Conservative [43]

Aftermath

Labour lost control of the Council losing two seats to the Greens and one to the Conservatives.[44]

Green Councillors Cooke, Hayes and Cleary celebrate after election successes.
Green Councillors Cooke, Hayes and Cleary celebrate after election successes.

Labour councillors chose the new leader of their group Pat Hackett on 5 May.[45] Hackett was elected Council leader on 14 May with 31 votes compared to 25 for Conservative leader Ian Lewis and 10 abstentions.[46] The meeting also saw Labour lose their majority on every committee with chairs given to each opposition party.

Ward results

Results compared directly with the last local election in 2018.

Bebington

Bebington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jerry Williams[43] 2,210 50.1 Decrease9.5
Conservative Geoff Jones[47] 1,085 24.6 Decrease5.7
Liberal Democrats Amanda Crowfoot 696 15.8 Increase10.5
Green Rachel Heydon 424 9.6 Increase4.8
Majority 1,125 25.5 Decrease3.7
Registered electors 11,916
Turnout 4,459 37.4 Increase0.4
Rejected ballots 44 1.0 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.9

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Bidston and St James

Bidston and St James
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Kenny[50] 1,572 67.7 Decrease8.0
Green James Parkhouse 353 15.2 Increase10.4
Conservative Vida Wilson[47] 245 10.6 Decrease1.7
Liberal Democrats Mike Parsons 151 6.5 Increase2.8
Majority 1,219 52.2 Decrease10.9
Registered electors 10,330
Turnout 2,368 22.9 Decrease1.1
Rejected ballots 47 2.0 Increase1.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.5

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Birkenhead and Tranmere

Birkenhead and Tranmere
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Steve Hayes[53] 2,198 65.9 Increase16.2
Labour Bill McGenity[54] 1,058 31.7 Decrease16.1
Conservative June Cowin[47] 78 2.3 Decrease0.2
Majority 1,140 34.2 Increase32.3
Registered electors 10,109
Turnout 3,360 33.2 Decrease3.7
Rejected ballots 26 0.8 Increase0.6
Green gain from Labour Swing Increase16.2

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Bromborough

Bromborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Walsh[57] 1,608 48.0 Decrease13.1
Conservative Des Drury[58] 728 21.7 Decrease0.4
Liberal Democrats Vicky Downie[59] 570 17.0 Increase5.9
Green Sheena Hatton 446 13.3 Increase7.6
Majority 880 26.3 Decrease12.6
Registered electors 11,771
Turnout 3,390 28.8 Decrease0.8
Rejected ballots 38 1.1 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease6.4

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Clatterbridge

Clatterbridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Helen Cameron[62] 2,608 53.2 Decrease2.1
Labour Kieran Morgan[63] 1,428 29.1 Decrease4.8
Green Jim McGinley 865 17.6 Increase13.3
Majority 1,180 24.1 Increase2.6
Registered electors 11,401
Turnout 4,960 43.5 Increase0.5
Rejected ballots 59 1.2 Increase1.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.4

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Claughton

Claughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Foulkes[66] 1,596 45.8 Decrease13.1
Conservative Nicholas Hanna[47] 544 15.6 Decrease6.9
Green Liz Heydon 461 13.2 Increase6.7
Liberal Democrats Christopher Teggin 389 11.2 Decrease0.9
UKIP Alex Fay 386 11.1 New
Independent Mo Morgan 108 3.1 New
Majority 1,052 30.2 Decrease6.2
Registered electors 11,478
Turnout 3,502 30.5 Decrease0.2
Rejected ballots 18 0.5 Increase0.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.1

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Eastham

Eastham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dave Mitchell[69] 2,286 55.0 Increase6.8
Labour Ruth Molyneux[70] 1,122 27.0 Decrease9.1
Conservative Phil Merry[47] 440 10.6 Decrease2.4
Green Harry Gorman 311 7.5 Increase4.8
Majority 1,164 28.0 Increase15.9
Registered electors 11,007
Turnout 4,192 38.1 Decrease0.7
Rejected ballots 33 0.8 Increase0.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase8.0

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Greasby, Frankby and Irby

Greasby, Frankby and Irby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Burgess-Joyce[74] 2,838 52.3 Decrease6.5
Labour Tim Watson[75] 958 17.6 Decrease6.3
Green Cathy Page 688 12.7 Increase9.3
Liberal Democrats Mark Forshaw 597 11.0 Decrease2.8
UKIP Jack Bland 349 6.4 New
Majority 1,880 34.6 Decrease0.3
Registered electors 11,481
Turnout 5,447 47.4 Increase2.3
Rejected ballots 17 0.3 Increase0.2
Conservative hold Swing Decrease0.1

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Heswall

Heswall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hodson[78] 2,896 60.1 Decrease9.2
Green Barbara Burton 680 14.1 Increase9.2
Liberal Democrats Robert Thompson 644 13.4 Increase4.9
Labour Brian Parsons[79] 602 12.5 Decrease4.7
Majority 2,216 46.0 Decrease6.1
Registered electors 10,845
Turnout 4,861 44.8 Increase2.8
Rejected ballots 39 0.8 Increase0.6
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.1

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Hoylake and Meols

Hoylake and Meols
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alison Wright[13] 2,265 50.3 Decrease3.6
Labour Thomas Laing 997 22.1 Decrease7.6
Green Alix Cockcroft 778 17.3 Increase5.7
Liberal Democrats Peter Reisdorf 465 10.3 Increase3.7
Majority 1,268 28.1 Increase4.4
Registered electors 10,463
Turnout 4,554 43.5 Increase0.6
Rejected ballots 49 1.1 Increase0.8
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.3

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Leasowe and Moreton East

Leasowe and Moreton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karl Greaney[15] 1,729 47.9 Decrease10.7
Conservative Debbie Caplin[85] 1,428 39.6 Increase6.0
Green Michael Dixon 453 12.5 Increase9.2
Majority 301 8.3 Decrease16.7
Registered electors 10,806
Turnout 3,649 33.8 Increase1.0
Rejected ballots 39 1.1 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease8.4

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Liscard

Liscard
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sarah Spoor[88] 1,733 51.0 Decrease12.6
Conservative Michael Taylor[89] 609 17.9 Decrease3.6
UKIP Rodney Melbourne 374 11.0 New
Green Perle Sheldricks 360 10.6 Increase5.2
Liberal Democrats Sue Arrowsmith 319 9.4 Decrease0.2
Majority 1,124 33.1 Decrease9.0
Registered electors 11,095
Turnout 3,431 30.9 Decrease1.0
Rejected ballots 36 1.0 Increase0.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease4.5

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Moreton West and Saughall Massie

Moreton West and Saughall Massie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Williams[85] 2,738 63.4 Increase1.8
Labour Stan Webster[92] 1,146 26.5 Decrease6.8
Green Helen O'Donnell 330 7.6 Increase4.5
Liberal Democrats David Tyrrell 107 2.5 Increase0.4
Majority 1,592 36.8 Increase8.5
Registered electors 10,671
Turnout 4,368 40.9 Decrease0.4
Rejected ballots 47 1.1 Increase0.9
Conservative hold Swing Increase4.3

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New Brighton

New Brighton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pat Hackett[14] 2,248 57.0 Decrease2.1
Conservative Keith Raybould[95] 682 17.3 Decrease8.5
Green Cynthia Stonall 541 13.7 Increase5.7
Liberal Democrats Charlie Smethurst 256 6.5 Increase2.0
UKIP Paula Walters 218 5.5 Increase2.9
Majority 1,566 39.7 Increase6.4
Registered electors 11,214
Turnout 3,959 35.3 Decrease0.9
Rejected ballots 14 0.4 Increase0.2
Labour hold Swing Increase3.2

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Oxton

Oxton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andy Corkhill[24] 2,627 59.8 Increase12.2
Labour Jeff Davies[98] 1,298 29.6 Decrease9.4
UKIP Chris Bunker 245 5.6 New
Conservative Tina McDonnell[99] 220 5.0 Decrease3.6
Majority 1,329 30.3 Increase21.7
Registered electors 10,950
Turnout 4,405 40.2 Increase1.1
Rejected ballots 15 0.3 Increase0.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing Increase10.8

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Pensby and Thingwall

Pensby and Thingwall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Collins[102] 2,201 44.8 Increase1.4
Labour Phil Brightmore[103] 1,705 34.7 Decrease9.2
Green Allen Burton 700 14.2 Increase8.5
Liberal Democrats Colin Thompson 307 6.2 Decrease0.8
Majority 496 10.1 N/A
Registered electors 10,390
Turnout 4,950 47.6 Increase6.7
Rejected ballots 37 0.7 Increase0.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase5.3

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Prenton

Prenton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Chris Cooke[53] 2,915 63.6 Increase29.5
Labour Angie Davies[107] 1,467 32.0 Decrease17.4
Conservative Hilary Jones[108] 200 4.4 Decrease7.7
Majority 1,448 31.6 N/A
Registered electors 10,995
Turnout 4,614 42.0 Increase6.4
Rejected ballots 32 0.7 Increase0.4
Green gain from Labour Swing Increase23.5

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Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yvonne Nolan[16] 1,280 45.0 Decrease29.9
Independent Chris Meaden[20] 1,095 38.5 New
Green Moira Gommon 312 11.0 Increase4.4
Conservative Johnathan Andrew[47] 160 5.6 Decrease5.5
Majority 185 6.5 Decrease57.3
Registered electors 10,043
Turnout 2,861 28.5 Increase4.7
Rejected ballots 14 0.5 Increase0.3
Labour gain from Independent Swing Decrease28.7

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Seacombe

Seacombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Jones[43] 1,582 63.9 Decrease13.2
UKIP Chris Wellstead 375 15.1 New
Green Diane Johnson 286 11.5 Increase4.8
Conservative John Laing[47] 234 9.4 Decrease3.6
Majority 1,207 48.7 Decrease15.4
Registered electors 10,143
Turnout 2,494 24.6 Decrease0.5
Rejected ballots 17 0.7 Increase0.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.7

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Upton

Upton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Smith[43] 1,775 49.4 Decrease8.8
Conservative Emma Sellman[117] 937 26.1 Decrease2.5
Green Lily Clough 636 17.7 Increase11.0
Liberal Democrats Alan Davies 243 6.8 Increase2.6
Majority 838 23.3 Decrease6.3
Registered electors 12,234
Turnout 3,631 29.7 Decrease1.9
Rejected ballots 40 1.1 Increase0.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.2

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Wallasey

Wallasey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Hayes[85] 2,795 52.6 Decrease2.0
Labour Paul Martin[120] 1,705 32.1 Decrease6.6
Green James Brady 340 6.4 Increase3.0
Liberal Democrats John Codling 243 4.6 Increase1.3
UKIP Kriss Cringle 235 4.4 New
Majority 1,090 20.5 Increase4.5
Registered electors 11,795
Turnout 5,334 45.2 Increase0.9
Rejected ballots 16 0.3 Increase0.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.3

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West Kirby and Thurstaston

West Kirby and Thurstaston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jenny Johnson[124] 2,536 55.1 Decrease6.4
Labour James Laing[125] 959 20.8 Decrease4.4
Green Yvonne McGinley 726 15.8 Increase8.7
Liberal Democrats Michael Redfern 383 8.3 Increase2.1
Majority 1,577 34.3 Decrease2.0
Registered electors 10,200
Turnout 4,638 45.5 Increase0.6
Rejected ballots 34 0.7 Increase0.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease1.0

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Changes between 2019 and 2021

Date Ward Name Previous affiliation New affiliation Circumstance
17 July 2019 Greasby, Frankby and Irby David Burgess-Joyce Conservative Independent Suspended.[128]
6 February 2020 Bromborough Jo Bird Labour Independent Suspended.[129]
14 February 2020 Bromborough Jo Bird Independent Labour Reinstated.[130]
9 August 2020 Birkenhead and Tranmere Steve Hayes Green Independent Resigned.[131]
After 20 July 2020 Greasby, Frankby and Irby David Burgess-Joyce Independent Conservative Reinstated.[132][133]
14 November 2020 Hoylake and Meols Tony Cox Conservative Independent Suspended.[134]
December 2020 Prenton Tony Norbury Labour Independent Suspended.[135]
February 2021 Prenton Tony Norbury Independent Labour Reinstated.[136]
After November 2020 Hoylake and Meols Tony Cox Independent Conservative Reinstated.[137]

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. ^ Not seeking re-election.[9]
  3. ^ Not contesting Oxton.

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