Lib Dems win six out of seven in Southport again

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Lib Dems win six out of seven in Southport again

Southport Lib Dems have bucked national trends with wins in six out of the seven council seats in the town and a clear majority of votes for the third time in a row.

Biggest winners on polling day were Birkdale councillor Iain Brodie Browne and Cambridge Ward’s Sue McGuire.

New councillors Jo Barton (Meols Ward) and Daniel Lewis (Norwood Ward) joined veteran councillor Fred Weavers in completing the Lib Dem victory in the town.

Every part of Southpor continues to have Li Dm representation at both council and parliamentary level..

The closest contest was in Ainsdale Ward where Lib Dem Haydn Preece saw off a strong challenge from Huddersfield University lecturer Dr Jamie Halsall, for the Tories, with a victory by 28 votes.

The Conservatives narrowly held their Dukes Ward stronghold, with care home executive David Barton defeating Lib Dem Teresa Smith (photographed above) by 148 votes. Overall, UKIP gained a lot of votes in every ward in town but won no seats.

Elsewhere in Sefton District, the surprise of the election has been the victory of Green Belt campaigner Maria Bennett in Formby’s Ravenmeols Ward.

Maria trounced all opposition to become Sefton Council’s first elected independent non-Party councillor.

The Bootle Labour Party’s stranglehold over Sefton Council increased, with four fresh victories for them in Maghull and Crosby.

The only effective opposition to the Bootle Labour dominance is now the 16 Lib Dem councillors from Southport.
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ABOVE: Maria Bennett with Planning minster Nick Boles

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