Labour secures victory in Maghull Town Council South Ward by-election

New Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor June Burns with Labour candidates Muriel Hopley and Mark Cousins and Labour supporters.


Maghull Labour took South Ward in last week's Maghull Town Council by-election - and missed out on North and East wards by the narrowest margin.

Labour's June Burns snatched victory from the Lib Dems despite them running an intensely negative campaign that was aimed at scaring people through untruths.

Even on Election Day itself, the Lib Dems' leaflets called on people to vote Lib Dem to avoid paying the 'Green Bin Tax'.

Sefton Council announced that any proposals to charge for garden waste collection had been shelved. Even last week, just one day before the election, the Champion featured an article which reaffirmed that the proposals had been shelved following a Sefton Council public consultation.

But the Lib Dems continued to cynically spread concern among residents.

New Maghull Town Councillor June Burns said she was delighted that her positive campaign had been a success.

Cllr Burns said: "I am absolutely delighted to be the new Labour Councillor for South Ward in Maghull.

"Labour had an excellent result despite the intensely negative and misleading campaign from the Lib Dems.

"Since taking control of Maghull Town Council just two years ago, the controlling Labour Group has done more than the Lib Dems did in 20 years. Labour froze the council tax precept each year, unlike the previous Lib Dem administration, and slashed costs at the council by £100,000 to ensure we all get value for money, but they have also been working on some pioneering initiatives too.

"Things such as the creation of a new Maghull College, the work the Labour Councillors are doing to create pop-up shops in Central Square, the creation of the Maghull Radio Station, the grants they are making available to local community groups, the apprenticeship scheme they have created to give our young people the training they need to get on the career ladder - and so much more.

"I am delighted that as a Maghull Town Councillor, I can help my Labour colleagues to continue the good work they have started."

Cllr Burns said she was "extremely gratfeul for the support she received".

Cllr Burns said: "I would like to thank everyone who helped on my campaign in particular our former Mayor of Maghull Cllr Steve Kermode who first suggested that I should stand.

"And I would personally like to thank everyone who voted for me. I can assure each and every one of you I will work my hardest on your behalf."

Labour's candidates were pipped to the post by the Lib Dems in North and East Wards.

Labour's mark Cousins in East was beaten by just 64 votes.

In North, Labour's Muriel Hopley was beaten by just 42 votes.

Speaking after the count, Mark said: "I would like to thank everyone who voted Labour last Thursday. We ran a purely positive campaign while our opponents focused on spreading negative misinformation.

"But I know our Labour-run Maghull Town Council will continue to work hard on all of our behalf and I will continue to work with them as part of the Maghull Labour Action Team."

Muriel said: "After the Lib Dem campaign, there will be lots of people ot there who will not be aware that I am from Maghull, and have been for 50 years. Mark is from Maghull and has been has been for more than 30 years. And June is from Maghull and has been for more than 30 years.

"The Lib Dems ran a shockingly negative campaign. But this just shows that you can not trust the Lib Dems and what appears in their leaflets..

"I will continue to work hard as part of the Magull Labour Action Team and continue to fight for the interests of the people of my home town."

Maghull Town Council’s Labour leader welcomed all three new councillors onto the town council.

Cllr McKinley said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome all new Maghull Town Council councillors who I look forward to working with to continue the good work we have started.

“We have ratified our two year plan and hope the new Lib Dem councillors will get actively involved.

“I do not hold them responsible for the very negative campaign run by the Southport-based ‘visceral’ democrat spin doctors.  We want to continue what we have done all along and that is to focus on the positive things that we have achieved and we intend to continue in this manner developing Maghull as a better place to work, play and live.”



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