Today sees the first day for submitting nominations papers if you want to seek election to Wirral Council on Thursday May 5th.
This year I am acting as election agent to my colleague, Steve Williams. Steve was first elected to Council in November 2009 in a bye-election caused by the sad and tragic death of my colleague, Suzanne Moseley, Steve is up again so soon, because this would have been Suzannes year for re-election.
Since his election in 2009, Steve has done a tremendous job, both in Council and for the community, he has thrown himself into the role whole heartedly, and I sincerely hope the people of Moreton West and Saughall Massie re-elect him.
Unlike other political parties, Steve, me, and our colleague Cllr Simon Mountney are visible and accessible all year round, not just at election time.
It’s hard to believe that it was 12 months ago today that we lost our very special colleague, Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor, Suzanne Moseley. Suzanne was tragically and unexpectedly taken from us at the tender age of 47 with a brain haemmorrhage. I have dedicated a page to Suzanne which can be found by clicking HERE
Not only was Suzanne a colleague, more importantly she was a friend, she helped me immensely in many ways and I often look back and think of the good times we had together, whether it was working on Council issues or simply having a glass of wine and a chat. So it is with fondness and sadness that we remember Suzanne today. Wherever you are Suzanne have a glass for me please!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 2009, for us here in Moreton, and the wider community has been difficult, with the sad and tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Suzanne Moseley.
Whilst most of us are enjoying Christmas with our families in peace and tranquility, take a moment to think of those less fortunate, those engaged in conflict around the world, particularly those brave men and women who are serving in Afghanistan, as well as those who lives are ruined by the consequences of war.
Yesterday the voters of Moreton West and Saughall Massie sent a message to New Labour and the Lib Dems. That message was ‘It’s Time for Change’.
At the count, which took place at Moreton Community Centre, immediately after the polls closed, New Labour were annihilated, rejected by the voters and left trailing with only 19.1% of the vote, that in a ward they used to have three councillors in! Steve Williams is the new councillor, taking over following the sad and tragic death of Suzanne Moseley.
Conservatives won 70% of the vote (up from 60%) when Suzanne was last elected. The Liberal Democrat and Green votes also fell and many of the former Liberal Democrat voters switched directly to Steve. We also noticed how many fed up former Labour voters are now switching directly to us. The Independent Socialist, Alec McFadden came a distant fourth, with the Green candidate not even getting three figures. You can see the full result at the bottom of the posting.
Steve will be a real asset to Moreton and Saughall Massie, as well as the Wirral Conservative Group. As someone who lives in the community, he knows the issues that people who live her are facing, and along with Simon and Leah we will continue to work all year round.
I would like to thank everyone who helped in this campaign, canvassing on cold dark nights, delivering our literature, and those who joined us at 6am yesterday for our good morning leaflet drop. This victory is a testament to everything you do.
New Labour ran a very negative and nasty campaign, and even in defeat some nasty comments were made in my hearing. Will they never learn? Well I don’t suppose you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Yesterday I received a call from a resident of Wastdale Drive telling me he had just received a letter delivered by hand from the New Labour candidate. The letter was from the MP, Angela Eagle, slagging off the Tories and asking the resident to vote for the New Labour candidate, Andrew Hollingsworth. Strange the name on the nomination paper is Hollingworth (No S). It appears that Ms Eagle does not know her candidates surname. Oh dear, confusion over where he lives, not knowing his surname, it really does appear that the Wallasey Labour Party is in total disarray. Below I have placed a JPEG which shows the spelling gaff.
There are five days to go until voting in the Moreton West and Saughall Massie by-election. On Thursday 26th November, people across Moreton and Saughall Massie have their chance to send a message to the Town Hall bosses. You can vote from 7am until 10pm, and you don’t need a polling card to vote. Many people have already returned their votes by post, with more still coming in. A survey, conducted by me and my colleague, Cllr Ian Lewis a couple of weeks ago at Moreton Cross, shows that many former Labour voters are switching their vote either to Steve Williams, the local Conservative, or Alec McFadden, the independent Socialist and Trade Unionist. New Labour is, increasingly, out of the race.
Local Conservative candidate Steve Williams, who is the ONLY candidate that lives in the ward said: “Since the sad and tragic death of Suzanne Moseley, our team has been out and about calling on residents. It’s been great to meet so many people, I know people like the work that Chris Blakeley, Simon Mountney and the team are doing. If I win enough votes on Thursday, I will work with Chris, Simon and Leah on issues in this area. If people want things to change, they must vote.”
On Monday this week, I hand delivered a letter to the Labour agent acting for the candidate in the Moreton West and Saughall Massie by election, asking him to clear up any misunderstanding by confirming the home address of the Labour candidate. You can read myletter by clicking HERE.
Five days later and still no response! Is it too difficult a question, or would his answer be embarrassing?