Tonight I was out knocking on doors in Moreton and Saughall Massie. The team was led by our candidate for the forthcoming By-Election, Steve Williams and it was simply a ‘Pledge Fest’, with over 90% of those we spoke to saying they would vote Conservative on 26th November. We picked up a few issues and they will all be dealt with over the next few days. Thanks to everyone who attended, special thanks to Cllr Les Rowlands who came in from Wirral South and our Group Leader, Cllr Jeff Green for their support, and a great big thanks to our friend Cllr Simon Renwick for coming over from Fylde to deliver and canvass for us.
The Leader of the Council, in a media release stated that the By-election for Moreton West and Saughall Massie was called on Tuesday 13th October, following the special Council on the Monday, to discuss his humiliating Library ‘U Turn’ . He also intimated that the ‘Far Left’ had joined forces with the ‘far right’ in some sort of co-ordinated approach. The Council Leader has clearly lost the plot, is out of touch with reality, and the facts, and like the Library issue, and the Strategic Asset Review has got it WRONG AGAIN! I don’t expect an apology, after all he has never apologised to the people of Wirral for the Library debacle!
The FACT is that me and Simon Mountney triggered the By-election. Our request, sent via email can be read by clicking HERE. A FACT verified in an email to me today from the Councils Head of Law. You can read the relevant extract of that email below.
From: Norman, Bill D.
Sent: 20 October 2009 13:36
To: Blakeley, Chris (Councillor)
Cc: Maddox, Stephen; Hales, Lesley
Subject: Moreton by-election
Further to our earlier conversations, I have received confirmation the PA to the Chief Executive (and Returning Officer) as follows: ‘a request to call a by-election for Moreton West and Saughall Massie was received by the Chief Executive, via email, from Councillor Chris Blakeley at 1:48pm on Friday 9 October 2009. ‘An email was sent back to Councillor Blakeley at 1:58pm confirming that the Chief Executive had seen the said email.
Section 89 of the Local Government Act 1972 provides that on ‘a casual vacancy’ occurring, an election shall be held within 35 days ‘after notice in writing of the vacancy has been given to the proper officer of the authority by two local government electors for the area’. The proper officer is the Chief Executive. I hope this clarifies the position.
Bill Norman, Director of Law, HR and Asset Management, Wirral Council
Cllr Foulkes is clearly rattled and on the defensive, he seems to want to do anything to avoid an election, rather than having to defend his devastating cuts and closure programme to local communities, such as Moreton and Saughall Massie. The voters on the 26th November will have the choice between an anti-closure Conservative candidate, Steve Williams, and a pro-closure Labour candidate