Phew! we bet you’re all glad that’s it’s over and you can all get back to what passes for normal on Wirral.
It seems to be very much a case of ‘as you were’ with no gains or losses for any political party in the local elections . However considering the effort that Labour put into trying to topple lone Green councillor Pat Cleary in Birkenhead & Tranmere this has to be considered a huge moral and political victory for the popular and hardworking councillor deep in hardcore Labour territory . Although superannuated Birkenhead MP Frank Field was in attendance at the count and said he hoped for Labour success in his constituency even ‘The Field Effect’ couldn’t save them. This must come as a bitter blow to someone who is used to getting his own way in what he regards as his own personal and political fiefdom.
Cleary thanked the people of Birkenhead and Tranmere for re-electing him “in the face of a horrible,negative campaign by the Labour party” . Meanwhile Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies stood by with a face like a smacked arse as Wirral CEO Eric ‘Feeble’ Robinson read out the result .
We were left wondering which one of the following options that Stressed Eric will choose to do with his mega electoral expenses :
a) deposit in an offshore bank account
b) donate to a local charity
c) prop up the bar and order trebles all round in ‘Brew Dog’
The closest result of the night was in the Pensby and Thingwall ward where Labour candidate Kate Cannon held off the challenge of Conservative candidate Michael Collins by a mere 23 votes. Close but no cigar for the poacher turned gamekeeper . Suffice to say that some of our most devoted readers were very pleased indeed that their former colleague experienced the bitter taste of disappointment. Schadenfreude can be such an unseemly emotion but can be so,so satisfying.
Meanwhile ambitious Labour councillor Gillian ‘Gilly’ Wood came over all stateswomanlike as she was (inevitably) announced the victor in the Claughton ward and starting channelling the Pankhursts. Unfortunately the gravitas was somewhat undermined by the reporting of her profound words as follows (full report read here ) :
Suffragits ? Faught? Listen guys and guyesses from the Globe we know it was a late night – but really? As Her Ladyship said : ” The rousing speech ended up not so much Emmeline or Christabel but more Emily Davison .” Perhaps suffragits was a subliminal message about the gits that Gilly has to suffer . Those gits being Gilly’s her fellow ward councillors – Cllr Steve Foulkes and Cllr George Davies.
As you know a couple of the reasons that we continued Wirral Leaks whilst in self imposed exile is that we wanted to cover the local elections and reach a million hits . It looks like that serendipitously that both events will coincide within a few hours. So it will be just a case of tying up a few loose ends and we can finally enjoy our day in the sun.