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Edition No. 97

Date:- 03 May  2003

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Report by Dominic Bonner and photographs by Patrick Trollope.

ELECTIONS for political parties in Liverpool saw a hotly contested night in which the conservatives had hoped to make an impact on the political landscape of the city and its future. 

A low turn out by the electorate ensured that seats in every ward were to be contested by the smallest of margins in key areas of the city. However, voter apathy did nothing but serve to make few significant changes to council chambers. 

The current Liberal Democrat stronghold of council seats throughout the borough were mostly consolidated, losing only two seats but gaining two seats in Anfield and Netherley. Councillor Mike Storey hailed the result as a ‘great success for the future of Liverpool in which the Chamber can pursue its course for regeneration and rejuvenation of the city’.

Labour were also to greet the result as a success as they strengthened their position within the city by making four gains in key seats of the city, carrying their tally to 12 seats with only two losses, taking almost fifty percent of the vote.

Conservative candidates were hoping to make their voice heard to bounce back from a total wash out from the previous election. Only to meet dismal failure and frozen out of Liverpool yet again. Their only hopes from the night will be the prospect for political change on their front within the city for next year as significant gains countrywide were made for the party, as they were again frozen out in every ward – taking less than one percent of all electoral votes throughout the borough.

Conversely, the minority parties fared well in last nights By-election made successes were the Conservatives failed to attain that crucial line to secure a win. The Liverpool Labour party maintained its seat in Vauxhall and a surprise win for the Liberal Party in Tuebrook gave them an unexpected victory to ensure the constituents of Liverpool retain diversity and objective aspects of politics within chambers. 

The seat of Gilmoss was firmly in question as to its future right up until the death as it was the last seat to be declared due to three recounts in which the seat looked hotly in the balance. Labour representatives were clearly jubilant last night as a spokesman said, "That seat was a big win for us and there were times that it looked as though we were going to lose on that ward as each recount the Lib Dems got closer with each recount. It was a fantastic."

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