Wirral local election results 2023: who won council elections in my area - as votes counted

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Labour and the Greens on the Wirral made huge gains as the Tories lost out in this year’s local elections.

In Wirral’s biggest election in a generation, thousands of voters turned out to vote to May 4 with the results being announced over the course of the afternoon on May 5. The councillors elected will be in post until the next election in 2027.

The results saw Labour gain seven seats overall, winning one councillor in Wallasey, taking back Pensby and Thingwall, and winning three Labour councillors in Greasby, Frankby, and Irby. This was the first time Greasby has ever voted Labour.

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The Greens also made historic wins, taking their first ever seats in Rock Ferry and Bromborough from Labour while the Conservatives lost seven seats and came within 21 votes of losing a councillor to the Liberal Democrats in Heswall.

The makeup of Wirral Council from May 24 will be 30 councillors for Labour, 17 for the Conservatives, 13 for the Greens, and six for the Liberal Democrats. This is four short of a majority for Labour, meaning the council remains in no overall control.

The Conservatives are now the smallest they’ve been on the council since 1999 in a bruising night for the party. However despite last-minute hopes for Labour in seats like Clatterbridge, three Conservative councillors were elected there.

In Wirral Council’s committee system, no majority for any party means they will have to work together to get things passed, though Labour’s increased number will make things easier for them. With Labour and Green councillors holding nearly two thirds of the council too, divisive issues like the future Hoylake Beach management plan or new cycle lanes should be easier to pass.

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Counting gets underway in Wirral for the local election. Image: @bbcmerseyside/twitterCounting gets underway in Wirral for the local election. Image: @bbcmerseyside/twitter
Counting gets underway in Wirral for the local election. Image: @bbcmerseyside/twitter | Image: @bbcmerseyside/twitter

Cllr Janette Williamson, the local authority’s Labour leader, said: “I am really pleased with our performance today, I have to say and we came so close in so many Conservative seats. It’s been a great night for us.”

However Labour unexpectedly lost two seats to the Green Party in Bromborough, a ward that only had a Green councillor, Jo Bird, after she was expelled from the Labour Party. Cllr Bird was reelected with 2,497 votes.

Cllr Williamson said: “Of course it was disappointing but I don’t think the Greens quite got what they wanted from this either because we held Seacombe.”

Cllr Pat Cleary, Wirral’s Green Party leader, said the Bromborough result was “stunning” and a vindication for his party. He added: “It’s been terrific. We’re up four to 13 councillors and got an increased presence on the council. Obviously it’s still going to be no overall control on the council so a massive opportunity for the Greens to increase our leverage.”

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On the Seacombe loss, Cllr Cleary said: “Labour put huge resources into Seacombe and they prevailed on the day. We’ve gained new councillors in Bromborough, Bebington and Rock Ferry so we are disappointed about Seacombe but on balance, it’s a massive positive result for us to win in three new wards.”

Though a bad night for the Conservatives, Wallasey Conservative Councillor Ian Lewis said the wider picture was “a bit mixed.”

He said: “The fact is we didn’t end up with a Labour majority council. I feel a sense of relief because we do not have that and the parties will have to varying degrees work together, I think that is a positive.”

However he added: “Hopefully the results are a wake up call to the wider party on the Wirral to get their act together because divided parties do not win elections. It’s beholden on those Conservatives to get their act together. The new leader has to be seen to lead. We can’t afford to go any lower.”

How many seats do each party have in Wirral?

  • Labour - 30 seats
  • Conservatives - 17 seats
  • Greens - 13 seats
  • Lib Dems - 6 seats

Local election - detailed results for Wirral wards

  • Bebington - Judith Deborah Grier, Ed Lamb and Jason Peter Walsh - Green Party
  • Bidston and St. James - Liz Grey, Brian Martin Kenny and Julie McManus - Labour
  • Birkenhead and Tranmere - Pat Cleary, Amanda Onwuemene and Ewan Morgan Tomeny - Green Party
  • Bromborough - Jo Bird, Ruth Molyneux and Kieran Murphy - Green Party
  • Clatterbridge - Helen Janet Cameron, Mary Jordan and Cherry Povall - Conservative
  • Claughton - George James Davies, Stephen Foulkes and Gillian Wood - Labour
  • Eastham - Christopher David Carubia, Phillip Norman Gilchrist and Helen Mary Raymond - Liberal Democrats
  • Greasby, Frankby and Irby - Gail Jenkinson, Grahame Ernest McManus and Mark Stephen Skillicorn - Labour
  • Heswall - Graham Davies, Andrew Chapman Hodson and Kathryn Anne Hodson - Conservative
  • Hoylake and Meols - Max David Booth, Tony Cox and Andrew Mark Gardner - Conservative
  • Leasowe and Moreton East - Angie Davies, Paul Charles Jobson and Louise Luxon-Kewley - Labour
  • Liscard - Daisy Kenny, James Stewart Laing and Janette Williamson - Labour
  • Moreton West and Saughall Massie - Colin Leonard Baldwin, John Gary Bennett and Vida Claire Wilson - Conservative
  • New Brighton - Tony Jones, Paul John Martin and Sue Powell-Wilde - Labour
  • Oxton - Allan John Bram, Stuart Edward Kelly and Mike Redfern - Liberal Democrats
  • Pensby and Thingwall - Ann Clarissa Ainsworth, Richie Pitt and Mike Sullivan - Labour
  • Prenton - Christopher Brian Cooke, Harry Ross Gorman and Naomi Jane Graham - Green Party
  • Rock Ferry - Paula Bernadette Basnett and Tony Murphy - Labour
  • Rock Ferry - Craig John McDonald - Green Party
  • Seacombe - Tom Laing, Kaitlin Stuart and Paul Charles Stuart - Labour
  • Upton - Stephen Bennett, Jean Mary Robinson and Jerry Williams - Labour
  • Wallasey - Brenda Elizabeth Hall, Ian Lewis and Lesley Ann Rennie - Conservative
  • West Kirby and Thurstaston - Jeff Green, Jenny Johnson and Simon Richard Mountney - Conservative

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