Prescot and Whiston Election Results in Full

By on Friday, May 4, 2012

Following yesterday’s election, which wiped out all Knowsley’s remaining Liberal Democrats, here are the full results for Prescot and Whiston:

Prescot East

Derek McEgan (Labour) was elected with 64% of the vote (976 votes), taking the ward formerly represented by Joe McGarry (Lib Dem). Carl Cashman (Lib Dem) was second with 33% (505), and Gary Robertson (Conservative) was third with 3% (51 votes). Turnout was 27%.

Prescot West

Mike Kearns (Labour) was elected with 47% of the vote (819), unseating Knowsley Lib Dem leader Ian Smith, who came second with 38% (667). Steve Whatham (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) received 10% (172) in third place, and Robert Avery (Conservative) was fourth with 6% (101). Voter turnout was 34%.

Whiston North

Sandra Gaffney (Labour) was elected (hold) with 84% (1,314). Sophia Smith (Lib Dem) was second with 9% (146), Gillian Robertson (Conservative) third with 6% (100). Turnout was 29%.

Whiston South

David Williams (Labour) was elected with 82% (1,347). Bernard Carter Neill (Conservative) was second with 10% (170), and  Marjorie Sommerfield came last with 8% (126). Turnout was 30%.


  1. Dave63256

    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    The 27% turnout in Prescot East is sad, and perhaps even an indictment on the political parties involved.

    Sad, because the 73% who did not vote, for whatever reason, have had the will of the minority of the electorate foisted upon them. We could say that it’s their own fault for not voting, but we do not know how many of that 73% have been disaffected and disillusioned by what the candidates had to offer. As the old belief goes, “They’re all as bad as one and other!”

    As I have written elsewhere on Prescot Online, Derek’s campaign was based on meaningless promises concocted by the Labour Mandarin’s in Huyton.

    Carl’s campaign seemed to be focusing on the “dangerous” waste plant that will be built in Prescot, without actually explaining why it will be dangerous. Of course it will be a source of pollution, but we need to know about the potential toxicity of the site. Comparing it to Sonae in Kirkby was not a persuasive argument as they are two completely separate entities and both in different industries.

    Promising to work hard for the people of Prescot is no longer enough, no matter how sincere you are with the pledge. It was only a short while ago when the Liberal Democrats held all of the Prescot seats on Knowsley Borough Council, but it didn’t make any difference to Prescotians. We still lost our Leisure Centre; we still lost our Scotchbarn Pool, and since then we have had both our museum and our library stuffed into the One Stop Shop in order to “save money” for Knowsley Borough Council. At the end of the day for the Liberal Democrats, it was simply a matter of being out-voted on an opposition held Council.

    It just leaves me wondering that if a Prescot Party existed, what would need to be done to tap into that 73%?

    • Kathy

      Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I have lived in prescot 18 months now and havent seen any campaigning going on by the parties involved the odd leaflet put through the door and thats it, i think a lot of people forgot it was voting on the day, i nearly did but people should make the effort to vote or they have no right to complain if they dont vote. I would like to see the councillors make more effort and fight to win.

      • Carl Ryder

        Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        I couldn’t agree more. It is without doubt the laziest campaign I have ever known. The candidates want your vote but are not prepared to knock on my door and ask me for my support. It would have been nice to hear the policies and what ideas they had. Rather than just reading a pamphlet.

  2. Prescot resident

    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hello sorry Ian Smith I can’t hear you……. Thats right the people have spoken!!

  3. Dave J

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    …all 34% of them…I think that leaves a 64% silent majority who could’nt care less about local politics but will now have real concerns to worry about as this once proud town sinks futher into the mire.

    Cllr Kearns seems a decent enough person but will he be strong enough to oppose local issues that impact on Prescot…?

  4. Dave63256

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    It wasn’t quite 34% as 38% of that 34% voted for Ian Smith. The Labour vote secured less of the overall vote then the other candidates put together.

    As for whether or not Councillor Kearns will be strong enough to stand up for Prescot, the answer is that he will not. He will do exactly the same as Councillor McEgan will do…..which is exactly the same as Councillor’s Allen, R Arnall, S Arnall and Whiley, are all currently doing for Prescot….towing the party political line for Knowsley Borough Council.

  5. John Hayes

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

    As an expatriot (and proud) Prescotian having left my hometown in 1959 it was a sad day when the boundary changes took Prescot out of Lancashire and into Merseyside (and Knowsley BC).
    The heart of the town seems to have been ripped out and it appears that it doesn’t matter whether it’s Labour, Lib-Dem or Conservative Prescot will always be second best in Knowsley. The “Dark Satanic Mills” of the BCR replaced by Cables Retail Park epitomises the decline of a once proud town. Even Prescot Cables is trying to relive the glory days of the 1950s despite a large rent!!

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