Labour Victory in Knowsley, but Lib Dems Upset Apple Cart in Prescot North

By on Friday, May 6, 2016

Prescot_Lib_Dems_2016_electionIt was a clean sweep for Labour among most of the borough of Knowsley in yesterday’s elections – except in Prescot North, where the Liberal Democrats won all three seats.

In the neighbouring wards of Prescot South and Whiston & Cronton, Labour took all seats, with Denise Allen, Steff O’Keeffe and Dave Williams winning Prescot South, and Terry Byron, Gillian Flatley and Tony Newman in Whiston & Cronton.

In Prescot North, however, which includes the town centre, however, Labour’s Mike Kearns, Lynn O’Keeffe and Bill Weightman all lost to Lib Dems Carl Cashman, Ian Smith and Mike Wynn.

The election results mark the first time in four years that anyone but Labour has had a seat on Knowsley Council, which has been 100% Labour since 2012.

Photo: J Tattan

4 Comments

  1. Michael P Reid

    Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The green space backlash got some of those who corrupted the ideals of the Labour party and went cap in hand to property developers.

  2. Eric Morris

    Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Yes I can see what is being said I can also see that the only opposition being offered is the same old tired opposition that has been offered for a lot of years ,when is the electorate going to wake up to the fact that the same old tired political polices ,don’t suit everyone ,if one doesn’t suit then we swap to the other when they fail we swap back again ,same boring old parties ?????

  3. Ann Marie Unsworth

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Good news that Knowsley is no longer a one party council.Having a 100% labour council is not democracy. Well done Lib Dems. I looked for a lib Dem candidate on my voting slip and did not find one. I hope next time you will be able to have candidates in all wards.

  4. Tony Ely

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Eric Morris is right in part in direct response these are Liberal Democrats who have a history especially in Knowsley Village of riding on the back of other campaign groups work and then claim it as their own. Knowsley Village Community Association campaign against Energos incinerator 2011/12 and Save Knowsley Village greenbelt campaign 2015/16. No mention in their campaign that Knowsley Town Council in 2014 unanimously rejected the local plan. Since Friday 6th May the village that empowered their victory and layed down an example has already been forgotten if you read some social media posts with reference to Prescot and not Prescot North. Hope this is not the sign of what is to come.

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