Sefton Central Labour Party is celebrating after it romped to victory in four wards at the local elections.
Labour’s winners are:
Patrick McKinley was elected for Sudell Ward with 53% of the vote
Marion Atkinson was elected in the Molyneux Ward seat with 58% of the vote
Catie Page was elected to be Ravenmeols Ward new councillor with 45% of the vote
The party also increased its share of the vote in Harington Ward with Labour’s Ben Bentley polling 33% and Labour forced recounts in Blundellsands where Labour’s Ben Winstanley came within just 21 votes of winning the seat polling 43% of the vote and Park Ward where Labour’s Kris Brown was just 69 votes short polling 36% of the vote.
Speaking following the announcement of the results at the count on Friday, all of Labour’s candidates said they were delighted.
Manor’s Cllr Diane Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been elected by the people of Manor Ward. I will work hard to represent them and fight for them on the council.
“I will work alongside Cllr Steve McGinnity and continue the good work which the Labour Action Teams have started in Crosby, Thornton and Hightown.”
Molyneux’s Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “This was a fantastic result for the Labour Party. People in Aintree, Melling and Maghull clearly wanted someone from this community to represent them.
“Living in Aintree, having been brought up here and bringing my family up in this community, I know what the concerns of ordinary families and people have here and will work hard to ensure that they are represented in Sefton Council.”
Sudell’s Cllr Patrick McKinley said: “These results are a clear indication that the people of Maghull are not happy with these cuts or how the other parties have been managing them locally.
“I’d like to thank the people who voted for me and I will now work hard to represent the people of our community and will fight hard for their concerns.”
Ravenmeols’ Cllr Catie Page said: “It was a close run thing in Ravenmeols but our support in Formby has been fantastic. On the doorstep we have had brilliant feedback from people who really support us and are appreciative that they have an active Formby Labour Action Team looking after their concerns.
“I will continue fighting for the concerns of the people of Ravenmeols on Sefton Council and ensure that Formby’s interests are best served within the authority.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me.”
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said: “I congratulate all of the successful Labour candidates at this year’s elections. Their success shows just what excellent candidates they were and what great councillors they will be over the next four years.
“We came close in wards where the other parties had assumed they had had safe-holds.
“These results send a direct message back to David Cameron and Nick Clegg that their unfair policies will not be tolerated here in Sefton.
“This Tory-Lib Dem government has carried out a series of cuts in the North West which are disproportionate to other parts of the country. This region has been hit the hardest by this government with councils here having to make millions of pounds worth of cuts over three years, while councils down south have seen grant increases.
“Now that we new Labour councillors representing us here in Sefton Central we have more people fighting to protect the services which ordinary people rely on.
“I congratulate each and everyone of them.”
Full run down of the 2011 local election results in Sefton Central wards:
Marion Lauren Atkinson - The Labour Party - 2494 - 58% - Elected
Jack Colbert - Liberal Democrats - 1004 - 23% - Not elected
John Jarvis - Conservative Party - 416 - 10% - Not elected
Peter J Harper - United Kingdom Independence Party - 404 - 9% - Not elected
Diane Edith Roberts - The Labour Party - 2324 - 54% - Elected
Cllr Martyn Barber - Conservative Party - 1538 - 36% - Not elected
James Philip Ludley - Liberal Democrats - 468 - 11% - Not elected
Patrick Anthony McKinley - The Labour Party - 2314 - 53% - Elected
Cllr Mrs Sylvia Mainey - Liberal Democrats - 1169 - 27% - Not elected
Wendy Moore - Conservative Party - 713 - 16% - Not elected
Andrew David Rossall - The Green Party - 143 - 3% - Not elected
Catie Page - The Labour Party - 2032 - 45% - Elected
Debi Jones - Conservative Party - 1974 - 43% - Not elected
Linda Hough - Liberal Democrats - 307 - 7% - Not elected
Richard Graham Willis - The Green Party - 241 - 5% Not elected
Cllr Peter Papworth - Conservative Party - 1823 - 44% - Elected
Ben Winstanley - The Labour Party - 1802 - 43% - Not elected
Carol Tonkiss - Liberal Democrats - 281 - 7% - Not elected
Laurence Rankin - The Green Party - 280 - 7% - Not elected
Cllr Gillian Catherine Cuthbertson - Conservative Party - 2646 - 57% - Elected
Ben Bentley - The Labour Party - 1519 - 33% - Not elected
Dru Haydon - Liberal Democrats - 504 - 11% - Not elected
Tony Robertson - Liberal Democrats - 1480 - 37% - Elected
Kris Brown - The Labour Party - 1411 - 36% - Not elected
Alex Orme - Conservative Party - 867 - 22% - Not elected
Roy Greason - The Green Party - 200 - 5% - Not elected