Pip’s Poisoned Chalice : Who will follow the ‘Leader’ ?

Well, it all seems to be a bit of a death wish  – or should that be witch hunt – situation  with the local Labour Party at the moment isn’t it? The local Tory group must be loving it as it follows their time honoured tradition of identifying the problems of others without having to find solutions of their own .

However the big question, not to mention the big challenge for the person who gets passed this particular poisoned chalice , is who will be the next ‘leader’ of the  local Labour Group at Wirral Council when – thank the Lord – Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies,   pops off to pastures new.

We suppose the big question between suspensions, deselections and ‘retirements’ is whether there will be anyone left to choose from? By rights the obvious choice at the moment would be Cllr George Davies,  especially now that his co-Deputy Leader  Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Nooney has been rumbled by her local Constituency Labour Party .  But surely even the local Labour Party wouldn’t opt  for a racist liar as their leader?  But then again didn’t they once have Cllr Steve ‘Foulkesy’ Foulkes as their head honcho so we suppose anything is possible!

Historically,  the selection process and outcome was fairly straightforward. Birkenhead MP Frank Field just made his preference known and it was a done deal. The only criteria would be that the Labour leader at Wallasey Town Hall would bend to Frankenfield’s will. Both Foulksey and Pip fitted the bill perfectly.

Now currently local party members actually get to vote and are apparently being very careful not to upset the  Labour whip who is under the control of the current ruling cabal in case they lose their right to vote in the leadership contest. Well that was Cllr Tony ‘Tight Fit’ Norbury’s feeble excuse as to why he voted for continuing with the Hoylake Golf Resort proposal although he didn’t agree with doing so !

We don’t know whether Cllr Norbury is in the running to be Labour ‘leader’ as we know he wants the ‘top job’ as Labour’s next Parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead. We suppose he’s hedging his bets waiting the result of the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party selection, which as we know had to be rearranged following the last debacle which we covered in this EXCLUSIVE : And the new Parliamentary Labour candidate for Birkenhead is…

What we do know that current Councillors Chris Meaden, Moira McLaughlin and  Mike Sullivan are out of the running as they’re now ‘Independent’ councillors. ‘Independent’ of what we ask ourselves? ‘Reality’ judging by the comments emanating from the ‘Three Stooges’ . “Be careful what you wish for. Our little group could hold the balance of power come May.” Cllr Sullivan is quoted as saying this week. Yes, Mike whatever you say but then we know you’re prone to a bit of the hyperbolics which nevertheless are always good for a laugh. As you can see below Cllrs McLaughlin / Meaden are already on the local campaign trail but then, as today’s Kingdom Security announcement confirms ,everything a local councillor does at the moment is all about electioneering . ‘ A Concerned Resident’ sends us this letter with the attached comment  :

MM:CMHi. This letter is currently being delivered to residents of Rock Ferry, signed by our two ‘independent’ councillors who “think it would be helpful to let people know” what they are up to. Looks like blatant electioneering to me, using taxpayers money to publicise themselves. 

Regards, A Concerned Resident

 

So who does this leave us with in the Labour Group leadership race? Any suggestions? Now that Cllr Jo Bird has been nobbled (for now anyway)  our ante-post tips would be Cllr Phill ‘Two L and Back’ Brightmore and  Cllr Janette ‘Milly Tant’ Williamson (Gawd ‘elp us) but then again there is former leader Yvonne Nolan waiting in the wings hoping to get elected in Rock Ferry . However the way things are going at the moment we advise ‘doing a Norbury’ and hedge your bets ’til the local election results are in and see what we’re, er, left with…

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Bye, Bye, Bernie!

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Two days is a long time in Wirral politics. Soon-to be ex-councillor Mooney is now smiling on the other side of her face.

We always know there’s something is brewing when an old post suddenly starts racking up the stats and sure enough Wirral Leaks Scoops the Mooney Scoop  has had a lot of interest all week.  Now we learn that Deputy Leader of Wirral Council ,Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney, is the latest local politician to be subject to democratic party processes and then go running to the ever compliant Liverpool Echo complaining of ‘the hard left’ and ‘bullying’ and how it’s all so ‘unfair’ when they get ousted by their own party members from seeking re-selection.

Needless to say ,and as you can read in our post above, we knew this was on the cards after we exclusively revealed the skullduggery surrounding Mooney’s nomination as a Labour candidate for Liscard at the forthcoming local elections . Once again here’s a reminder of her rap sheet during that particular selection process :

  • Multiple complaints about phone calls, done to promote herself – not permitted.
  • Using an email address “Wallasey Labour Party”, when the email was from her personally
  • The email had the Constituency Labour Party Office address on it and a photo which included people who had not been asked for permission, and were not in fact endorsing sitting councillor Mooney
  • Repeated canvassing of Branch members by phone using the Party database at a time when this is not allowed by the rules
  • Some of these phone calls also misrepresented the situation, implying that a candidate had already been chosen, and so discouraging members who favoured a full selection process from attending the meeting
  • Leafleting in support of a candidate inside the meeting venue, with other copies of the leaflets next to the signing in sheet, which is also not allowed
  • All of this conveyed the impression that the sitting councillor was the official or preferred candidate of the Labour Party
  • It was unfair to other potential candidates who might otherwise have been invited to address the meeting, and be given the chance to become the Council candidate in May 2019

Inevitably these issues are glossed over as a ‘dispute’ and ‘breach of procedures’ in the latest Liverpool Echo story titled  Council’s ‘next leader ‘ ousted as she becomes latest to hit out at ‘hard-left Labour Party takeover’ as we get the usual extended litany of McCarthyite ‘reds under the bed’ rhetoric from Mooney and co.

However what delights more than anything is that the decision to oust Mooney comes two days after she smirked and belligerently shouted “There’s always one…’ when whistleblower Martin Morton put in an inconvenient  appearance at Monday’s Wirral Council Cabinet meeting .  Now with delicious irony she says that she’s been booted out “because I stood up and refused to be bullied…” – a line which is right out of the Morton Playbook.

All we do know that this decision will be a particularly hard smack in the face for ‘The Bruiser’ and affirmation of the old adage that ‘he who laughs loudest laughs last…’

 

A Day of Protest at Wallasey Town Hall Part 1 : ‘There’s always one…’

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He’s ‘armless really…

As we predicted in Sunday’s  Hoylake Golf Resort : Protest and Protect post the start to the week would be a challenging one for the ruling Labour administration at Wirral Council.

However we couldn’t have predicted that it would start so early with an unexpected surprise at the end of what seems to be the dreariest Wirral Council meeting ever. As you can see from our exclusive footage serial whistleblower Martin Morton makes a return to the scene of many a crime. We are grateful for his son for forwarding the footage , apparently Morton Jnr is at University studying film and is making a video about whistleblowing. Should be essential viewing and if it involves Wirral Council –  x-rated!

 

Of course we just took that the message on Morton’s t-shirt – LORDY, I HOPE THERE ARE TAPES – was addressed directly to us at Wirral Leaks. Is this an example of what is known in modern parlance as ‘meta’? For as we know ‘His Lordship’ has known about Wirralgate since 2013 and knows that there are tapes (as does Mr Morton and many others) and which would (and should have) brought the corrupt ruling Labour administration crashing down a long time ago .

However we appreciate that for many of our readers and the wider public that the origins of the quote on the t-shirt may be somewhat obscure. We’ve done a bit of research and apparently these are the infamous words of former FBI Director James Comey commenting on alleged recorded conversations between him and US President Donald Trump.

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Unfortunately you won’t see the footage on the Wirral Council website or, rather disappointingly on John Brace’s video coverage – although we understand that he wouldn’t want to spoil the enjoyment of the 4 people who have endured the video so far.

Unfortunately there is no sound but we understand that belligerent Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney shouts out :

“There’s always one…”  

and you can lip read Mr Morton’s reply :

Yes,there is…

Apparently the cheeky wave from Morton was directed at Wirral Council’s Head of Communications Kev ‘Lost Boy’ MacCallum who was sitting there stony-faced and cross-armed and you can see Cllr Phill ‘Two L and Back’ Brightmore leaving his seat to get a good look at the message on the t-shirt. Meanwhile the three wise monkeys at the back ( Head of Law Philip McCourt, council ‘leader’ Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies and council CEO  Eric ‘Feeble’ Robinson appear to be having a jolly good laugh at Morton’s expense )

Watching that sickening section of footage (we advise you watch it on full screen and focus on the three of them) we can’t help thinking that Morton should have pulled this stunt way back in 2013 at the Improvement Board meeting where Power Boy Pip couldn’t even stay in the room when Morton spoke. Now, like a typical coward –  and oh how weakness and cowardice have characterised his political career – Pip feels confident with  a room full of cronies behind him to LOL.

We’re left wondering as to who will have the last laugh?  History tells us it will be Pip and co – but that’s only because other people who had the means to do something about it, have instead, simply allowed it or in some cases through fear or favour , facilitated it. Shame on you all…

 

 

 

 

Defend Our NHS : walk-in back to (un)happiness?

 

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Dear friends of the NHS

Are you ready to be insulted? You probably will be (again) on next month. Read on!

Insult and minor injury

Before Christmas 32,000 people signed petitions opposing the proposed damaging changes to Wirral’s walk-in and minor injuries services.

The petitions (organised by us and by local doctors and other campaign groups) also called for the board of Wirral’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) to organise meetings in every Council ward to explain themselves.

In November Wirral councillors* demanded that the related farcical ‘consultation’ be ended and that “…the CCG come back to clinicians and patient group[s] to discuss meaningful and open proposals to retain the existing community-based services and improve the services, not at the cost of them being subsumed into a new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Arrowe Park Hospital”.

And what was the CCG response? They said ‘consultation’ would continue as planned but “notes the motion”. They said they would ‘listen’ to the thousands (having based the changes on the alleged ‘confusion’ of a few hundred).

The arguments should (but there’s no guarantee) be aired again in February. AND WE URGE YOU TO ATTEND TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

  • On Tuesday, 5th February 2019 at 2.00pm in Birkenhead Town Hall there’s a meeting of the Joint Strategic Commissioning Board*. Three Wirral councillors (Councillor Chris Jones, Councillor Bernie Mooneyand Councillor Stuart Whittingham  will meet a mass of CCG representatives to continue the now agreed plans to run local health and care services jointly. Oh, by the way, the Council now picks up the tab when the CCG gets into (more) financial hot water, acting (to quote the document) in a ‘cash management/banking role until anticipated income is received’.
  • Then on Tuesday 12th February from 1.00pm in the Exmouth Room at the Lauries in Birkenhead it’s the CCG Governing Body meeting. Will they have listened by then?  They tell us that “An analysis of the feedback received during the consultation period has commenced.  This will be considered along with other evidence by the NHS Wirral CCG Governing Body later in the year [no date given].  The analysis and report is being completed by an external organisation.” (Uh, oh! We hope it’s not PWC!)

*Ignorance or hypocrisy?  Wirral Council wins at Pointless

Wirral councillors do not seem to realise that they can condemn walk-in changes as loudly as they like but their opposition is pointless. Why? They have signed a ‘Section 75’ agreement with the CCG. That’s part of the ‘sustainability and transformation/accountable care/integrated care’ system which the Council has been aiding and abetting for years – while denying it was happening. It includes ‘urgent care transformation’ and the end of current walk-in services. That’s why persuading them to change direction and defend our NHS is ever more important.

So, who said romance is dead?

What more appropriate date on which to discover the answer to that question than Thursday 14th February? We will be holding our next public meeting that evening (details soon) and hope that you will share your Valentine’s Day with fellow romantics determined to Defend Our NHS.

Best wishes on behalf of DONHS

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability : ‘The best interests of the children have definitely not been at the forefront of everyone’s thinking…’

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Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney is characteristically bullish about the turnaround in Children’s Services that have previously been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and is telling us children’s services are ‘much improved’   . However ,even after £20 million of additional funding has been pumped into this vital area of work ,  dare we suggest that there are areas of Children’s and Young People’s Department  , such as Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – see SEND for Help  and further correspondence we have received including from a concerned parent below,  where it seems there’s a long way to go on the ‘improvement journey’…
This is particularly in light of the fact we all wait with breath held for Ofsted to finally drop in on the department.
Both of mine were failed considerably by the department and have ongoing concerns as a result – being out of school since May and July 2018.  Whilst Mr Boyce has refused to share the report with the parents, I know the concerns I took to the ‘whistleblower’ and these are very serious actions – which continue with my children to this day.
I have tried to approach Mr Wood – new SEN lead and purported to be ‘the one’ to change the department around.  Rather than be the hero to uproot the failings of the department and exact the change that the citizens had hoped for, it seems he is just overseeing the demise of the department whilst the children suffer.  
Whilst he arrived with a ‘considerable number’ of tribunal cases when he started in August and his ability to influence them was ‘very limited’ what he is now willing to acknowledge is that “the best interests of the children have definitely not been at the forefront of everyone’s thinking”.
Now let’s pause here for a moment.  As a parent who had tribunals lodged at that time and knowing that my children’s interests were most definitely at the forefront of my thinking, it is clear from this admission that Mr Wood knows the SEN department do not have children’s interests at the forefront of their thinking.  Wirral SEN department – part of ‘Children and Young People’s Department’.  Worrying at best.
In light of the report that led to the letter sent to parents in October 2018 – some 2 months later, it would appear that the children’s interest continued to remain ‘not at the forefront of everyone’s thinking’
Mr Wood then goes on to state that he has secured extra funding but it is ‘ironic’ that so much of the departments time remains committed to tribunals.  Unsurprising given his assertion in the previous paragraph – this being the only recourse available to parents when it appears staff within the department ‘definitely’ do not have the ‘children’s interests at the forefront of their thinking” and therefore refuse the support that is so obviously needed.  Please forgive me for failing to get my violin out at this point!
Given his background is in digging up fossilised tortoise droppings, perhaps attempting to write Wirral history rather than simply study it is a step too far for Mr Wood…
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Wirral Leaks Scoops the Mooney Scoop

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As we reported earlier this week in our Will the Red Mist descend at Misty Blues? story Cllr Bernie Mooney was under some pressure this week to preserve her nomination as Labour candidate for next May’s Wirral Council elections.
 
Here’s a reminder of Mooney’s rap list:
  • Multiple complaints about phone calls, done to promote herself – not permitted.
  • Using an email address “Wallasey Labour Party”, when the email was from her personally
  • The email had the Constituency Labour Party Office address on it and a photo which included people who had not been asked for permission, and were not in fact endorsing sitting councillor Mooney
  • Repeated canvassing of Branch members by phone using the Party database at a time when this is not allowed by the rules
  • Some of these phone calls also misrepresented the situation, implying that a candidate had already been chosen, and so discouraging members who favoured a full selection process from attending the meeting
  • Leafleting in support of a candidate inside the meeting venue, with other copies of the leaflets next to the signing in sheet, which is also not allowed
  • All of this conveyed the impression that the sitting councillor was the official or preferred candidate of the Labour Party
  • It was unfair to other potential candidates who might otherwise have been invited to address the meeting, and be given the chance to become the Council candidate in May 2019

So here’s subsequently what happened at ‘Misty Blues’ according to an eyewitness to the Liscard Labour Branch meeting held on Tuesday 20th November

 
All changed.  Very businesslike coming together with work to do.
A new and different motion:
“This branch notes the Branch Officers’ proposal that the Liscard shortlisting meeting should be re-run.  The branch however also notes the advice of the Labour Party that this is not appropriate and that instead, the issues
can be explored by a “change of circumstances” interview.  The Branch therefore calls on the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) to follow that advice.”
This motion was voted upon and overwhelmingly agreed.
The above “advice of the Labour party” was received from North West regional officer Anna Hutchinson, who had previously stated there had been “no material impact” and that the original Mooney winning vote had been above board, despite the clear evidence of multiple procedural breaches.
Mooney waited until the end to deliver a speech.  Nobody present applauded, not even her own entourage.
Mooney has to now go before the LCF for a change of circumstances interview in accordance with Labour’s democratic rulebook.  Basically to decide whether she can stay on the list of potential candidates for a re-run selection panel.
The LCF is populated by members who will decide whether the democratic rulebook is applied and may not be minded to grant much leeway should the sitting councillor’s repeated, multiple breaches of the Labour Party rulebook
be confirmed.
One outcome of the Change of Circumstances interview could be that Councillor Mooney is stripped of her potential candidacy and victory handed to the losing candidate.
These are the Democratic Labour Party rules, strictly applied to all, now and in the future and will be rigorously applied to put an end to the repeated laissez faire interpretation enjoyed by Wirral’s right wing councillors and their sympathetic NW regional rep.
However the reason we have delayed reporting these developments is because we have become aware that there has been an orchestrated campaign to circumvent party processes and an unknown “Labour party rep” has plied the ever compliant Liverpool Echo with the material for a potential story. So it would appear that some anonymous person appears to be feeling the heat.  Who could that possibly be boys and girls ?
This (militant) tendency of the local press to go for outlandish headlines and ‘trial by media’, rather than reporting on internal proceedings will no doubt be welcomed wholeheartedly by BBC-funded journalists. Luckily, once again, Wirral Leaks got there first.
It will be interesting to see if the Liverpool Echo still run the story after this latest Wirral Leaks  scoop – but if they do,regardless of political affiliations, at least we can all make up our minds about the objectivity of the local press from the following leaked email :

Hi guys,I’m from the Echo and we’ve received the following report from a Labour rep. Can you let me know if the Liscard Labour branch would like to comment on a potential story? Going to run it asap as the meeting was earlier this week.

Bernie Mooney confirmed as Labour candidate as Hard left Wirral take over fails

Hard left plans to seize control of Wirral Labour Party have been halted as Labour’s most senior officials in the region confirm Cllr Bernie Mooney is reselected as the candidate for Liscard in next May’s elections.

Cllr Mooney is the deputy labour leader in Wirral and was automatically re-selected in a ward-wide election that has infuriated hard left activists in the troubled Wallasey Labour Party.

A Labour source said:

“Earlier this year, the hard left made clear their intention to take over Wirral Labour Party and target seats including Liscard, Bidston, Pensby, Rock Ferry and New Brighton.

“But with the exception of Rock Ferry, rank and file members of Wirral Labour Party have stood up and rejected the hard left takeover and renominated sitting councillors Mooney, Kenny, Brightmore and Hackett.

“The hard left, many of whom have links to 1980’s Militant and the Socialist Workers Party, have now been roundly rejected by the majority of Labour members in seats across Wirral. The Labour Party’s membership has stood up for councillors who have served their communities well for years.

“In a desperate last attempt, local hard left activists tried to use the complex rules and structures of the Labour Party to replace Cllr Mooney with a hard left candidate of their choosing, but the national party’s officials have now drawn a line under their plotting and planning by confirming Cllr Mooney as the Labour candidate.

The source added:

“Many of these hard left activists have only just rejoined the Labour Party in the last year or two after having campaigned for Socialist Party or The Greens against Labour in previous elections.

Ultimately, who represents Liscard is a choice the electors of the ward will make in May, not a handful of left wing committee members scheming in the shadows.”

Will the Red Mist descend at Misty Blues?

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As we brought to your attention in our posts Raise the Red Flag  and Mooney News and New Ferry Blues  that born again Corbyn fan Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney scraped by in Wallasey CLP selection battle winning by 3 votes (21 against 18) . However as was suggested everything may have not have been strictly legit with this particular selection process.

Indeed we aware from a leaked email that the matter will be discussed at a Special Meeting of the Liscard Labour Group to be held tonight at ‘Misty Blues’ . The rap sheet of procedural breaches is listed below and has been brought to the attention of Anna Hutchinson at Labour North West, who must be heartily sick to death of hearing the word ‘Wirral’ , but then Anna is a case study in denial when it comes to the peninsula’s political irregularities.

So will there be a re-run of the selection process and if so will the notorious Mooney  red mist descend at misty blues? We’ll keep you posted…

Liscard Labour 

To Branch Members : 
 
Tuesday 13th November meeting Cancelled; 

Special Meeting called for Tuesday 20th November.
 
We recently had our shortlisting meeting to consider who to pick as our Council candidate next May. There were a series of complaints that the process had not been fair. 

The Wirral Labour Party “Local Campaign Forum” (LCF) met on 2nd November, discussed the complaints, and decided that the shortlisting meeting should be re-run.
 
So I organised a meeting to do that, as requested by the LCF..
 
The LCF asked me to avoid sharing the reasons with you, so as not to be unfair to any possible candidate. I am aware that others have not been so restrained. By 11am on the morning after the LCF met, a Tory Councillor was tweeting about it, and an Echo and Globe reporter picked that up.
 
I can now tell you that at their meeting the LCF concluded that a number of procedures had been breached:

·       An email was sent to all Branch members from the sitting Councillor, using an email address “Wallasey Labour Party”, when the email was in fact from her personally and not from the Labour Party;
·       The email had the Constituency Labour Party Office address on it, and a photo which included people who had not been asked for permission, and were not in fact endorsing the sitting Councillor;
·       There was canvassing of Branch members by phone using the Party database, at a time when this is not allowed by the Rules;
·       Some of those phone calls also misrepresented the situation, implying that a candidate had already been chosen, and so discouraging members who favoured a full selection process from attending the meeting;
·       There was leafleting in support of a candidate inside the meeting venue, with other copies of the leaflets next to the signing in sheet, which is also not allowed.
·       All of this conveyed the impression that the sitting councillor was the official or preferred candidate of the Labour Party;
·       This was unfair to other potential candidates who might otherwise have been invited to speak to us all, and given the chance to become our Council candidate in May 2019.
 
Two people were put forward at the meeting as possible candidates. The meeting voted by 21-18 not to have a further meeting where members could hear from both those candidates. The sitting Councillor was thus selected by that small margin. 
The LCF view is that the breaches of the procedures had a material impact on the outcome and it should be re-run.
 
However the LCF have informed me that the Regional Director of the Labour Party (a  full time official who works for the Party) does not agree that the breaches had a material impact, and that she thinks the shortlisting meeting should not be re-run.
Discussions between the LCF and the Regional Director are continuing.
 
The Branch Officers have met and decided to cancel the meeting on Tuesday 13th November, whilst the Party resolves the issue. But we think it is important that all members of the Branch have a chance to express a view.
 
We are therefore calling a special meeting of the Branch on Tuesday 20th November 7.30pm at Misty Blues, Manor Road / Grosvenor Street Liscard CH44 1AG, to consider this Motion:
 
“This Branch agrees that the Liscard shortlisting meeting should be re-run”.
 

Mooney News and New Ferry Blues

Inevitably news filters through to us that born again Corbyn fan Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney scraped by in last week’s Wallasey CLP selection battle winning by 3 votes (21 against 18).

We’d previously reported in our  Raise the Red Flag story that Mooney may have jumped the gun  by extolling her own virtues in correspondence sent to party  members telling them ,among other things, that :

One of my proudest achievements as a councillor has been to secure £500,000 from the City Region in high street funding for Liscard.

Mooney had said she wanted to remove the Liscard one-way system and re-install the roundabout with this £500k! There were also concerns that a political ally was contacting potential voters and deploying some ‘friendly persuasion’ for them to vote  for Mooney. As it was such a close contest and as apparently such ‘canvassing’ is against party rules there are some Wallasey Constituency  Labour Party  (CLP) members who are less than happy with the result. A  message from a Wallasey CLP  insider reads :

If it’s found out that somebody was telephoning people the result could be void… here’s to a new road system, new houses built where now stands a perfectly solid building (Dominick House) and lots of business for Liscard… all with £500,000 or £200,000 if you take away the consultant’s fee 😣

Meanwhile someone  in New Ferry  has contacted us with some very valid points about the £500K dished out by the City Region :

Earlier this year I noticed workmen carrying out re-paving work in New Ferry from the area near Griffiths Butchers upto around Underley Terrace. The standard of work was pathetic, and Council staff have marked some of the shoddy work with the white paint treatment. For some reason they have not marked all the shoddy work, perhaps that would bring the fiasco to peoples attention. I do not know if the workers were from the council or private contractors, but if this is how Wirral Borough Council wastes money, no wonder the Government is reluctant to give the council money.

I’ve been to New Ferry today and took a few photos.I am only doing this as your site showed a councillor bragging about Liscard getting £500,000  from some Regional Fund to regenerate the area. Shame New Ferry is still waiting. Obviously an area blown to bits is not as high priority as Liscard…

Looking at the pictures and knowing what we know about the New Ferry disaster  and the need to regenerate the shopping area it does make you wonder whether the decision to hand the money to Liscard rather than New Ferry was more about politics than priorities.

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SEND for Help

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You know we are always happy to oblige with enquiries such as this:
Could you get any information on Wirral Councils new SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) manager John K Wood
From Huddersfield has he been drafted in on big wages to plug the holes on the sinking ship for the special education needs department as Margaret Morris and Paul Arista have recently departed with a SEND Ofsted inspection on the horizon
The answer to which is  – well, other than we know this particularly expensive consultant named above got the gig in July we haven’t got a lot to go on …which usually means Wirral Council are keen to keep something under wraps .
And sure enough and also happy to oblige are Liverpool Echo – who came up with a recent article with the snappy headline  Wirral becoming safer for vulnerable children as borough takes first steps to addressing chronic failings that left too many at risk of abuse
Yeah – if you say so. Or more accurately if Children’s Services Director  Paul ‘ Boycey’ Boyce and Cllr Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney say so – ‘Council chiefs believe vulnerable Wirral children are safer ‘ Well that’s alright then ! All we’ll say is that seeing is believing – and whilst it may be true that vulnerable children are safer let’s face it, in the words of the pop philosopher Yazz, ‘The Only Way Is Up’!
For balance the Echo report curiously references the infamous historical episode of financial abuse of disabled people and asks whether the claims of improvement are yet another ‘false dawn’  –  but it should be mentioned that it wasn’t £440,000 that was stolen by Wirral Council – it was about £300,000 more than that but hey, why bother with facts when the article is predominately about allowing ‘Boycey’ and ‘The Bruiser’ to go on at great length about the bad old days and the dawning of a new golden age for the vulnerable children of Wirral :
The department Mr Boyce walked into was “quite scattergun” and “largely non-compliant” with local authority regulations, he said, describing it as “a service that was disorganised, fragmented, that was unclear in terms of what it was trying to do and the sequence in which things needed to be done to improve things.”
Which is all a bit of a bitch-slap for Boycey’s predecessor Julia Hassall isn’t it? The Echo goes on to tell us that Mr Boyce has ‘wrought the changes’.

Efforts to turn the department around have been dramatic – and boosted by £20m of funding.

There have been suspensions and improvement processes launched, the removal of one whole tier of management from the structure and a massive drive to increase the number of permanent staff within the department.

New management appointments have been made to tackle concerns about a lack of direction from senior figures, while more than 400 workers have been moved under one roof to the Cheshire Lines building in Birkenhead.

So in the interests of balance we thought we’d particularly highlight public perception about how some of £20m has helped with SEND . Firstly from the source who raised the question above who goes on to say :
Is Phil Davies going to leave the council on a high of most improved council 2018 ? It’s an absolute sham with social care improvement – it’s worse now than it’s ever been …
Also providing a counter-balance to the relentless positivity is ‘SEND mum’ who can be found on Twitter @mum_send
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Therefore might we suggest that even with a rucksack full of public money and regular upbeat travelogue news about the Children’s Services that there is still a long way to go on that ‘Improvement Journey’ before Wirral Council and their partners reach the long -promised land of adequacy…

Raise the Red Flag

Red Flag

Raise the red flag, they’re under starter’s orders and they’re off…

As you can see from this leaked ‘ Wirral Momentum’ email to local Labour Party members below ,  it is an important day for the future of Wirral and more particularly Wirral Council as shortlisting and selection meetings for Labour councillors start today.

Important meetings for you to attend

The time has come for you to play a part in shaping the future of Wirral Borough Council.

Shortlisting and selection meetings start on Tuesday, 16th October, and will run deep into November across the peninsula. These meetings allow branches to choose which candidate will carry the Labour flag for them, and you, in the May 2019 Council elections.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. In the conversations we have all had in the past three years, and longer for some, you have expressed that you want to see democratically elected representatives who share your ideas, take them forward, and make Wirral a better, more socialist place to live.

If you have been a member of the Labour Party since 15th May 2018, you should be invited to these important meetings.

Wirral Labour left / Momentum urges all of its supporters to attend the shortlisting and selection meetings for their local branch, and take part in the democratic process that we all signed up to be a part of.

The situation will be different in different branches. If you need any more information about your branch or the selection process, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Reply to this email with a phone number, in case we don’t have that, and we will urgently put you in touch with Labour Party left wingers in your area.

Quick off the starting blocks and perhaps jumping the gun is current Labour Councillor Bernie ‘The Bruiser’ Mooney who sent out this message to Wallasey Labour party members on October 12th which indicates to us that it is ‘squeaky bum’ time for some long standing Labour councillors , especially as we have been advised:

Some points, Mooney sent this out before Liscard has even shortlisted and may be in breach of some rules, she has never before mentioned Corbyn in any of her leaflets , she has managed to find an old photo of her with two leftwingers and the MP. Complaints have gone in ,this will go further.

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Dear

After eight years working hard to represent Labour values in an era of vicious Tory attacks on our local funding, I am standing once more to be your Labour candidate for Liscard Ward in the local elections.

Here are some of the reasons I believe I am worthy of your support:

  • I have been a champion of the community on the Council since taking the seat from the Conservatives in 2011.
  • I have lived here for 40 years and raised my family here.
  • I am a proud and active trade unionist being a member of Unite for 40 years almost as long as I’ve been a Labour member.

I am currently the Deputy leader of the council and hold the portfolio for children and families. This is a crucial role because after years of relentless Tory cuts one in four local children now live in poverty. This is an outrage in 2018 and we can only stop it by electing a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn. He will govern Britain for the many and not the few.
One of my proudest achievements as a councillor has been to secure £500,000 from the City Region in high street funding for Liscard. Our local shopping area has been in decline for too long. This money will be available from next March. I will work tirelessly to ensure that it improves the quality of our community and begins to address the ongoing issues of inequality and provides new opportunities for local business regeneration.
I have fought alongside those who are opposing the night time closure of our fire station and the proposals to close the local NHS walk-in centre. These reductions in our vital public services have to be challenged and I promise that alongside my other two Labour councillor colleagues I will continue to be in the forefront of the battle to reverse these closures. I have already met with local health chiefs to express my disgust with the threat to close the walk in centres and I along with other community leaders and MPs from all over the City Region, will be meeting shortly with the fire authority to fight for our local station.
I have a record of activism and dedication as your representative. I want to carry on being your champion and I still have a lot more to do to ensure that we can transform Liscard and uphold Labour values on the Wirral. The shortlisting meeting is Thursday 18th October at 7pm at St Albans community centre which is opposite the cherry tree car park. If you wish to take part in the decision you must be at the centre before 7pm. You will not be allowed in if you are late.
I hope I can rely on your support so that I can continue the vital work I do for our local area.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for a chat if you have any questions on issues. You can contact me on: XXXX XXXXXXX
Many thanks,

Cllr Bernie Mooney

Postscript : Can anyone help us identify the mysterious ‘Paul’  mentioned in the following message :

Just discovered that someone called Paul has been ringing Liscard members asking for them to vote for Mooney even before the shortlisting meeting…