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Who's looking for a seat?

Larry Neild asks whether the Lib Dems will become history this year.

Published on April 12th 2011.

Who's looking for a seat?

A NUMBER of key Lib Dem councillors could well be writing their farewell speeches in preparation for what could be the blackest day in their history on May 5.

New young kids on the block include teenager Daniel Bradley, son of Lib Dem leader Warren Bradley

If the results of last year, when Labour swept to power, are repeated next month it will be farewell to a handful of veterans.

The election will also give newly-made Baron Cllr Mike Storey the chance to see whether his popularity will carry him forward for another term of office.

Last year’s Lib Dem victor in Wavertree had a respectable margin of 664 votes.

Well within Labour’s sights are Berni Turner in Old Swan. Last year Berni’s former husband, Keith, was given his marching orders when Labour romped home with a 1,216 majority.

Lib Dem Chief Whip Karen Afford also looks vulnerable in County Ward. Roy Gladden, husband of Cllr Roz Gladden, is Labour’s choice. Roy was one of the 47 councillors expelled from office in the 1980s when the then Labour Group refused to set a legal budget. He has remained active in politics since then.

Peter Millea will be looking at the 492 margin that allowed Cressington ward colleague Richard Oglathorpe to stay on last year. Is that margin of 446 good enough this year. Time will tell.

There is a similar margin in Greenbank were one-time challenger for the Lib Dem leadership, Paul Clein, is hoping to hang on. Fighting hard to remove the seat from him is Labour’s Laura Robertson-Collins.

Pam Clein, wife of former Lord Mayor Cllr Eddie Clein, must be worried in Childwall where the margin in the once Lib Dem heartland fell to just 262.

John Clucas faces a tough fight in Allerton. He’s the husband of one of the Lib Dem ‘stars’ in Liverpool, Flo Clucas. Standing against him is Labour’s Cllr Ian Jobling. Cllr Jobling quit his seat in Picton, where he was originally elected as a Lib Dem councillor, and has switched to Allerton, hoping to deliver a scalp from a Lib Dem heartland to his new master, Joe Anderson.

New young kids on the block include teenager Daniel Bradley, son of Lib Dem leader Warren Bradley. He is standing in Labour-solid Central ward against Sharon Sullivan.

Meanwhile Lord Storey is facing a challenge from boyish Jake Morrison. Jake was selected when he was 17, though he has turned 18 so qualifies for the political battlefield against on of the Lib Dem’s greatest warriors.

Lord Mayor Hazel Williams, one of the three Liberal councillors in the chamber and she is up for re-election in Tuebrook. She is one of the most popular politicians in the chamber and must be helped by an amazingly successful year as the city’s Number One citizen.

Standing in Croxteth as one of three BNP candidates is the man who gave Liverpool the much-missed Quiggins Emporium, Peter Tierney.

Bowing out of the council chamber is Steve Rotheram, the city’s Culture Year Lord Mayor. He is quitting to concentrate on his job as MP for Walton.

Fact file...Liverpool City Council

Current make up of the City Council

Labour 50

Lib Dem 35

Liberal 3

Green 2

Seats being defended on May 5

Labour 15

Lib Dem 13

Liberal 1

Green 1

Turn-out last May 56.13%

Number of candidates battling for the 30 available seats


Seats contested by each party

Labour 30

Conservative 30

Green 30

Lib Dem 27

Liberal 26


Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 6

English Democrats 4


Socialist Labour Party 3

Liverpool Independent Party 1

Respect 1

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Dem O'CracyApril 6th 2011.

Vote Lib Dem. Why, well because every elected body needs a good opposition. The fewer opposition councillors in the council, the the powerful will be the ruling party, and we all know where that leads to. So if you feel you want to stuff stupid Nick Clegg and Vince Cable for their treachery by voting Labour in the local council elections, think about the consequences. yes let Labour run the place, but they must always know they are being watched and scrutinised.

Seen it all beforeApril 6th 2011.

That is certainly true Dem, Labour do need watching like hawks in my opinion, but unfortunately you fight just as dirty and play to your own rules, which is why I trust none of you to run this city. But at the moment I suppose it's all we have - and a damned sight better than the alternative of MCkenna or Redmond running the show.

ADApril 6th 2011.

Where are the raving loonies when you need them?

AnonymousApril 6th 2011.

The raving loonies? aren't they already in the council chamber, as well as the Houses of Parliament. They are everywhere. Now if you are talking of the Monster Raving Looney Party, well bring 'em on.

CynicallaApril 6th 2011.

Politicians are an unnecessary evil. If it wasn't for them Joe and Jill Public, their daughter Jermina and son Jake, would have nobody to blame for anything.

David and Go-liarApril 7th 2011.

Lord Xena Princess Warrior Storey!

The Furious MajorityApril 11th 2011.

Laz wrote "The election will also give newly-made Baron Cllr Mike Storey the chance to see whether his popularity will carry him forward for another term of office."

I pinched myself.

Storey - popular?

With whom? Drooling dimwits?

Egbert ChitterlingApril 11th 2011.

Even the Lib-Dems only kicked him upstairs to be Lord Mayor to avoid the embarrassment of Storey making Liverpool a laughing stock as a Councillor.

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