Formby Labour gets backing of thousands of local residents as th

Tim Hale and Tom Donnelly


Labour made great inroads in the former safe Tory-strongholds in Formby in this year's local election even forcing the Conservatives into third place in Ravenmeols Ward.

Both Ravenmeols and Harington seats were Conservative-held before last Thursday.

But after a hard-fought campaign, the Conservatives lost the seat as they were pushed into third place in Ravenmeols, with Labour's Tom Donnelly gaining 1,137 votes to come second.

In Harington, Labour's Tim Hale polled an impressive 1,010 votes, coming second.

Speaking after the count, Tom said he was delighted with the level of support he and Labour received in Ravenmeols.

Tom said: "It was an extremely hard fought campaign, with the Labour Action Team in Formby and Ince Blundell pounding the streets delivering leaflets and speaking to thousands of people.

"The message coming back was clear - people aren't happy with the Conservatives in government, they aren't happy with their unfair cuts and they aren't happy that the Tories are following an agenda that looks after just the wealthy few instead of the many.

"And that is exactly what is reflected in the results. The Conservatives in Ravenmeols, a ward where only a few years back they held every seat, were pushed into a lowly third place.

"I would like to thank everyone in Formby and Ince Blundell who voted for me and all of the members of the Formby & Ince Blundell Labour Action Team who put in hour after hour campaigning alongside me.

"I wish the new Ravenmeols Ward councillor the best of luck."

Tim also thanked the voters of Formby who supported him.

Tim said: "Labour gained a lot of support in Harington Ward throughout this campaign, which is shown by the fact we gained 1,010 votes.

"Our Labour councillors here do a lot of work within our community, very often behind the scenes, and that is exactly what the Labour Action Team aims to do.

"I will continue to work alongside our Labour councillors here and my Labour Action Team colleagues to get the best for the people of Formby."



Ravenmeols Ward

Frag - 1,649
Labour - Tom Donnelly - 1,137
Conservative - 725
UKIP - 522

Harington Ward

Conservative - 1,652
Labour - Tim Hale - 1,010
UKIP - 720
Green - 284
Lib Dem - 136

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