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New Maghull Labour councillor thanks voters as Labour wins landslide victory in Maghull Town Council by-election


Maghull's newest town councillor says he is honoured to have been elected to continue the ground breaking work Labour has started on the council.

Labour's John Sayers was elected with more than 50% of the vote last Thursday (July 31).

Cllr Sayers received 491 votes, compared to the Lib Dem's 291 and UKIP's 198.

The new Labour councillor said he was delighted to be able to help make his home town "an even better place to live".

Cllr Sayers said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been voted onto Maghull Town Council. This winning margin just shows how much the people of Maghull appreciate the work Labour is doing on Maghull Town Council.

"Since taking control of Maghull Town Council just a few short years ago, the Labour councillors have worked to turn the council around. From what was once a closed club that wasted our money, Maghull Town Council is now a forward looking council that has the interests of our community as its core objective.

"We have seen the Labour councillors on the town council introduce initiative after initiative for our community. From improving our parks and gardens and making sure they are the envy of every other community in Sefton, to pushing through innovative ideas like The Emporium and Maghull Community Radio to give our town's young people new opportunities.

"Labour-run Maghull Town Council is working for Maghull - and now as a town councillor I am able to contribute to that."

The former Merseyside Police superintendent said he would use his wealth of experience to help Labour-run Maghull Town Council.

Cllr Sayers said: "I served for 31 years with Merseyside Police, finally serving as Operational Commander of the Liverpool North Division. I then went on secondment to Liverpool City Council as an Assistant Executive Director with responsibility for community safety. I then joined Knowsley Council as a community safety manager where I was principally involved with protecting the elderly and vulnerable.

"I will be using all of this experience in my role as a Maghull Town Councillor to serve the people of Maghull.

"Maghull is a great place to live. It's where I chose to bring up my family. Labour-run Maghull Town Council is making it better. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me so that I can help them."

Maghull Town Council's Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley said he was delighted to be able to welcome Cllr Sayers to the team.

Cllr McKinley said: "Maghull Town Council under Labour is doing great work for Maghull and the people who live here.

"Cllr Sayers joins us at a time when the town council is breaking new ground in helping to provide skills and training for our young, helping to boost our local economy and providing new services to look after our older and disabled residents.

"With his experience, his drive and his commitment to Maghull, he is a welcome addition to the team."

Sefton Central Labour Party's new campaign co-ordinator and constituency chairman Andy Wilson said Cllr Sayers was an excellent candidate and the team ran a positive campaign.

Andy said: "This was a well run positive campaign by local Maghull Labour Action Team members.

"The Labour campaign focused on the brilliant record of what Maghull Labour Action Team and Labour-run Maghull Town Council are doing for Maghull. Meanwhile the opposition attempted to mislead, misinform and misrepresent.

"The people of Maghull saw through the opposition's negative campaigning and could clearly see that they had nothing positive to say because they are doing nothing positive for this community.

"John Sayers will make an excellent councillor and I congratulate him and the team on an excellent campaign."





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