Knowsley Council Leader Replaced after Labour Election Losses

By on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Knowsley Labour have voted to replace Cllr Andy Moorhead (pictured) as their local party leader, following a drop in the local Labour vote in last Thursday’s elections.

Cllr Graham Morgan was elected to take his place, meaning he will almost certainly succeed Cllr Moorhead as council leader when it is put to a full council vote later this month.

Labour lost two seats last week, with Kai Taylor taking Prescot South for the Green Party and independent candidate Allan Harvey taking Halewood South. Both candidates ran in direct opposition to Knowsley’s plans to sell off 10% of the borough’s parks and green spaces, a strategy championed heavily by outgoing leader Moorhead.

Morgan, his successor, resigned from the cabinet late last year for “personal reasons.”

His role as council leader will be made official when the matter faces a vote on 18 May.

Knowsley Council Shakeup Illustrated

Prescot & Whiston Local Election Results

The full Knowsley Council election results in Prescot and Whiston (3 May 2018) were as follows:


Tony Ely (Labour) – 781
Aaron Waters (Conservative) – 124
Frances Wynn (Liberal Democrat) – 1,373 ELECTED


Lynn O’Keeffe (Labour) – 736
Kai Taylor (Green) – 1,520 ELECTED
Sheila Webster (Conservative) – 64


Carl Cross (Conservative) – 240
Gillian Flatley (Labour) – 1,207 ELECTED
Ron Gaffney (Green) – 634
Neil Miney (UKIP) – 92

Full results for all wards in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough are online at


  1. Tony Ely

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Through your website as the Labour Party candidate for Prescot North at the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018 Tony Ely would like to say a big thank you to the 781 people who took time out to vote for him. To all those elected a big well done and i look forward to hopefully being selected by my Labour colleagues in Prescot North to stand again next year. To all 1373 who voted LibDem i hope you keep them accountable and get the service you voted for,i will keep them accountable as they represent me also. Finally to the 5000 plus residents who were eligible to vote but chose not to i respect your position but how are you going to effect change in your local community by not using that vote wisely.

    • David J

      Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      I’m one of the 5000.
      You (and the rest of the local labour party) don’t listen, don’t care and don’t deserve my vote. You should hang your head in shame for the 40+ years of running my home town into the ground with your stupid decisions.

      Well done the Lib Dems, the Indies and Greens, it’s a step in the right direction and l hope more independents stand next time. My parents and grand parents trusted and voted Labour, they’ll be turning in their graves at the current shower ignoring the working class to keep their snouts in the trough.

  2. Tony Ely

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Its good to see that David J is now engaging in politics as one of the 5000. The leaflet that was put through your door recently by me outlines that i represent a different labour party view to that which you appear disgruntled by. I too come from a long history of Labour voters and i hold true to that legacy. As a Knowsley Town Councillor i voted against the local plan and against the parks plan. The only way change will come is by voting for candidates with views such as mine to change the local labour party democratically from within. I have respect for other parties and candidates however how can 5 people make any real difference. Please keep engaging and i respect your views.

  3. David J

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Here’s the thing. You sound like a genuine chap so why are you associated with a local Labour party who in my opinion couldn’t run a hot bath let alone a multi million pound budget!
    Stop blaming austerity and the Tories for EVERYTHING.
    St Helens have a had a kick up the @rse and so have Knowsley and yes it’s 5 this year, 8 next then double figures and in a couple of years Labour will be hanging on, promising the world and blaming anyone and everyone but themselves.
    Tony, if I were you, hand in the whip and become an independent. You’ll get more support and credibility than remaining part of this shower of shysters.

    Are you happy that Prescot seems to becoming one big housing estate?
    Where are our sports facilities? What’s the plan for more investment in healthy lifestyles by having our own pool, leisure centre and local clubs again? NO-ONE wants to go to Huyton or Kirkby to keep fit!!!
    Selling off parks is a disgrace, selling off land the Council don’t even own or is under Covenant is tantamount to criminal activity.
    Start listening and acting rather than paying lip service and doing what Huyton or Kirkby say! Liverpool overspill telling Prescot what to do…WTF!

    Positives, the new Theatre and Shakespeare North initiative however the link is with Prescot not the 1974 founded Knowsley Council. Get that right and more locals will show their support.

    The money being spent on Ecclestone Street / town centre is a start but it’s still dying – get rid of the stupid parking charges, it’s not as if the fees are paying for new carparks, they’ve been around for years.

    I 100% won’t be voting for Labour again. More voices from different parties are required (except the Tories!) to get Prescot back on track.

    As for Labour ‘democratically’ changing from within…I doubt that very much based on the last 30 years of steamrollering through all kinds of BS ideas and social engineering in the name of progress.

    • Kathleen D

      Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Well said David J, you speak for so many. I did vote though,lib dem for the first time. Labour in Prescot and Knowsley never will i vote for them again. Too powerful and seemingly corrupt, ridingroughshot over the electorate. Everything ix about national politics with them instead of representing what local people want.

  4. Tony Ely

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    David J this is a great response and i take on board the majority of what you are saying. Yes i am genuine and yes i am not the norm in the local labour party. That unfortunately sits were the issue lies for me. I am a firm supporter of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and want him to be PM. I am a left wing socialist born and bred and will not change. I am very much aware of the strength of feeling in Prescot and the manner in which you speak shows passion for the Prescot you want and i want that too. Ask yourself this though the majority of Prescot appears to support Lib Dems but what have they achieved in opposition. Secondly Austerity started with them in govt with the Tories. Thirdly the Local Lib Dems cherry picked two community campaigns in order to win votes to be elected. Saveknowsleyvillage greenbelt and then savebrownsfield. I dont hear alternatives and they have by en large dropped Knowsley Village completely off the radar albeit it is in Prescot North Ward. Prescot gets a 1and a half hour surgery every Saturday from our elected members and Knowsley Village gets one Tuesdsy a month for 1 hour. Even then 3 of those sessions in the last civic year nobody bothered to turn up. Despite all of that it is good to be able to have this discussion and i am hoping to stand again in the future for Labour in Prescot North. Who knows you may even consider voting for me one day.

  5. David J

    Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Tony, the problem you have then is that JC has zero chance of being PM. UKIP took the core labour vote last time because white working class northern people are fed up to the back teeth of being told what to do by a so-called ‘elite’. Brexit is actually a great thing in my opinion and from the 12 areas that were contested I agreed that for 10 of them the UK would be better off out of the EU.
    Last decent leader was John Smith. I see no way back nationally under JC or anyone else for that matter.

    Back to Prescot.
    The LibDems do at least seem to listen and have tried their best for this town as far as I can see. Greens also getting a chance now. I still think Independents like the chap in Rainhill have a better chance to succeed though as he will not be tied down by internal politics and national issues. Labour needs to sort itself out and work out what it is. In fact, i’d suggest it splits into two and the better half will then survive.

    Scotchbarn lane will soon have houses the length and breadth of it. No new roads, no new schools, dentists, doctors or infrastructure so how is that part of town going to cope? Does any care?

    Browns Field is under Covenant – KMBC would do well to get a very good lawyer if they pursue that one!

    Also, 1000s of locals do get involved when asked about what they’d like but EVERY time the council ignore their wishes and do something no-one wants?
    Eaton Street locked gates, self managed parks, local sports facilities, free parking, no more greenbelt building etc etc. Local labour in Knowsley might appeal to those who’s only ambition in life is to get a council flat or a scrambler bike but that’s not me!
    You might listen to locals but the halfwits in KMBC don’t seem to.

    Like i suggested, hand in the whip and stand as an Indie if you want more Prescotians to get onside. I like many others have become bored with the politics but we want what is best for our town. If this current shambles continues with parks being sold off I can see KMBC getting disbanded and the borough being split into Liverpool and St Helens.
    Seriously, people around here are getting cheesed off and with the power of social media the Tories would love to see a red heartland disbanded…

  6. Ste

    Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    David j why don’t you stand you make a lot more sense than any of these so called elected people representatives

  7. David J

    Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Unfortunately Ste, I can’t work with f’witts and idiots and having dealt with KMBC staff and councillors over the last 25 years the place is chock full of them! Apparently over 25% of ALL KMBC staff have no qualifications!!! That explains a LOT. Don’t bother getting a degree or higher education as KMBC will take anyone on!
    The sad fact is that being a local cllr around here (and i’ll include St Helens) is based on your face fitting in, having a family member in the council or when someone tells you to jump you say how high?

    I’d personally give Prescot Town Council more power to control what happens in OUR town but the minions at KMBC will never let that happen so bringing back the Court Leet might be the way forward. Prescot controlled its own affairs from 1447 to 1974 without major incident. Over 400 years of doing things the right way and then we’ve had the last 40+ years which have been an unmitigated disaster for Prescot.

  8. Tony Ely

    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The Lib Dems had control of Prescot Town Council in that period after 1974 and bankrupt it. As for people with degree qualifications that does not necessarily mean you could not run a council budget. If the people of Prescot want their own republic to take them out of KMBC control then they could always seek a referendum to achieve that. We all know how much LibDems love them shall we leave KMBC or remain. You keep on trusting the Fibdems and let’s see where it takes us. Not very far especially sitting here in Knowsley Village the forgotten land that is supposed to be part of Prescot North. If you see a LibDem councillor North of Sugar Lane let us all know please.

  9. David J

    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Tony, with due respect I don;t give a toss about Knowsley Village. I doubt anyone else does either (Prescot, Kirkby, KMBC, Huyton). Write to Lord Derby if you’re getting ignored.
    I can only go on my past experiences and KMBC are not the best, not the brightest and certainly not interested in Prescot unless it involves new homes and land grabbing.

    I don’t trust any politicians. But I’d rather have Greens, libs or indies talking sense than Lab talking bollox…
    New leader now because they lost a couple of seats….panic stations at Fwitt HQ?

  10. Tony Ely

    Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    With due respect also Knowsley Village is not owned by Lord Derby the days of squires and peasants long gone. Prescot North including Knowsley Village has three representative elected members who happen to be LibDems . These people represent a party that allowed the Tories in a coalition govt to bring in Austerity or have you and others forgotten their role in that. 100 million plus wiped from the budgets of Knowsley MBC yet they still find the money for the vulnerable in our society that does extend beyond Prescot.

  11. David J

    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Other better run councils seem to be coping without having to sell the family silver?
    Knowsley and St Helens have been run by idiots for years which when the going got a bit tough they blamed it all on ‘austerity’. I don;t see South West Lancs, Halton, Wigan or Warrington bleating on about it because they’re run properly and are held to account.
    Local labour couldn’t run a hot bath which is why the budgets are screwed. A few of the electorate have woken up to that fact but it’s too little too late.

    Labour under JC, Abbot and the rest are dead, they don’t represent me and therefore locally and nationally i would not trust them.

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