Southport’s Libdem, John Pugh, has bucked the national trend and defeated Preston’s Tory, Damien Moore, in the 2015 election

After Tory successes nationally, Dr Pugh’s victory was a bitter pill to swallow for Southport’s disorganised Tories. Other parties who fancied their chances to win in the town were also sent packing.

Cllr Terry Jones just scrapped in to hold onto Ainsdale Ward in the 2015 election. The Sefton Tory chief won by only 269 votes, against hard-working Libdem campaigner, Lynne Thompson.  Tory Leader Terry Jones had previously delivered a very bizarre leaflet promoting himself as some type of redeemer of ‘working class’ children.

In this outlandish sheet, Jones was pictured looking exceedingly dismal with gravestones behind him. This grammatically-challenged piece of trumpet blowing was about as ‘desperate’ as any politician could ever get. It however appeared to have impressed ‘some’ voters who have ‘so far’ not been made aware of what they’ve voted for!

The message in that leaflet seemed to be that if you are a working class kid who wants to grow up into a big-shot, all singing and dancing, councillor? No problem, just become a Conservative and you can become a real ‘somebody’, just like Terry Jones.  Looking at the national trend and the previous election record of Jones, it would appear that he was ‘very’ lucky to get in this time. In the past his majority has been far more sizeable. He seems to have held on by his teeth, thanks to remarkable results for his party on the national stage alone.

It was astonishing that the Tories in Southport got any votes really, when we recall their obvious lack of campaign approach and action in Southport. 

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