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Historic win for Labour in Southport as the nation turns red

'WE did it,' Starmer said to the nation as Labour wins the General Election, the results within the Liverpool City Region also reflect the national results. These results also include a history win for Labour, in Southport.

Despite recent boundary changes that could have made it more likely to have gone to the Conservative Party in the past, the constituency has never before had a Labour Member of Parliament until now.

At the Southport Count Patrick Brian Hurley convincingly won the seat from the Conservative Party's Damian Moore on an unusual election night.

Despite a slight delay due to a recounting at the request of the Green Party, the night went very smoothly and far quicker than planned, with the result being announced at around 3:15 am.

Later in a press release sent to us the Conservative Group Leader on Sefton Council, Mike Prendergast, has offered his congratulations to new MP, Patrick Hurley, and paid tribute to Damien Moore. Councillor Prendergast said:- "Firstly, I want to congratulate Patrick Hurley on his election on Thursday on beŻ of the Conservative Group on Sefton Council. I also wish to pay tribute to our outgoing MP, Damien Moore. For 7 years he has represented us in Westminster and stood up for the people of Southport against a Labour run Sefton Council that very often, does not act in the best interests of Southport. He helped deliver unprecedented levels of investment in Southport with funding for the new theatre and convention center that, when completed, will be a driver of economic growth for our local economy. Damien and his hardworking staff have also dealt with thousands of pieces of casework, helping local people with all manner of issues. Damien and his team should be proud of the work they did to help so many across the area. On beŻ of the Conservative Group on Sefton Council, I want to offer him and his team our sincerest thanks for their hard work, dedication, and tireless efforts in advocating for Southport in Westminster. Conservatives in Southport will continue to hold Sefton Council to account. We want to see our Pier back open again, see Children's Social Services improve, see Southport's Lord Street rejuvenated, see our heritage preserved, and get better value for money from Sefton Council for local residents and businesses."

In Bootle (Sefton) Labour's Peter Dowd held the seat, taking 68.7% share of the votes, with Reform UK coming in second with 12.2% of the votes.

Sefton Central is also a Labour Hold with Bill Esterson remaining in place as the areas MP.

The rest of the results for the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

In Liverpool, Labour held its 5 seats, with 62.91% of the vote, but Reform UK surprised many by getting 11.53%, Green Party took 10.51%, the Liberal Democrats got 5.16%, but the Conservatives took 4.67%. The other parties made up the rest of the votes.

  • Maria Eagle Holds her Liverpool Garston seat with a majority of 20,104 votes. Turnout was 60.8% of the registered electorate.

  • Wavertree has a Labour Hold with a majority of 16,304, making Paula Barker the MP. Turnout was 56.7% of the registered electorate.

  • Ian Byrne holds the seat for Labour in the West Darby Constituency, with a majority of 20423. The turnout was 54.6%.

  • Riverside was a Labour hold with Kim Johnson taking the seat with 20,039 votes, a majority of 14,793. turnout was 45.6%

  • Walton was another hold for Labour, with Dan Carden staying as MP, with a majority of 20,245. Turnout was 53.4%.

In the local By-Election in Liverpool, it is worth adding that Clubmoor East was also a Labour Hold with Richard McLean being elected as Councillor, with a turnout of 47.6% Also in another By-Election, it was again a Labour win, with Declan Henry being elected as Councillor for Fazakerly North, with a majority of 1,340 votes, and a turnout of 56.7%. And the 3rd By-Ellection of the night for Liverpool was for Broadgreen. As with the others, it was a Labour Hold with a majority of just 619%, Making Hayley Anne Todd the duly elected Councillor for that Ward. It's with adding that the LibDems were close behind. Turnout was 59.7%.

Wirral Labour held the 2 seats with 49% of the votes. The Conservative Party took 18%, the Green Party took 14%, Reform UK took 13%, and the Liberal Democrats took 6%.

  • Birkenhead = Labour's Alison Mc Govern.

  • Elsmere Port & Bromborough = Justin Madders - Labour.

  • Wallasey = Dame Angela Egle - Labour.

  • Wirral West = Labour's Mathew Patrick.

Halton was a Labour hold for both Runcorn and Helsby, as well as Widnes and Halewood.

St Helens stays Labour. Labour's David Edward Baines being elected as the MP for St Helens North. St Helens South and Whiston has Labour's Marie Rimmer duly elected. St Helens Windle Ward, has Labour's Lisa Preston as their MP.

A new MP has been elected in Knowsley to continue Labour's perfect record for this parliamentary seat, which was created in 2010 and has been in the hands of Labour ever since.

This year it was not just parliamentary constituency boundaries in the Liverpool City Region that had changed but 90% of constituencies had been changed since the last election in 2019. This meant it was harder to estimate what the outcome of the final result would have been, but it was clear that Labour would take over from very early on. Locally despite the polls and predictions, by both our selves and in other media outlets, Reform UK did not do as well as expected, but across the board, they are definitely a danger to the Conservatives and helped to split the Conservative vote, allowing the other parties a chance and gaining 4 seats in the process. Equally, nationally the Green Party achieved the best result in its history, with with 4 MPs being elected, bringing its total in line with Reform UK.  Interestingly, The Electoral Reform Society have found that the 2024 election was the most disproportionate vote share on record, after using complex statistical scoring systems to compare the results to others in the UK's election history. This again raises interesting questions about using proportional representation within our electoral systen, to best represent and reflect subgroups within our nations electorate. Nationally the Labour have now got the overall majority of seats in the House, and have pushed the Conservatives into second place with Lib Dems in 3rd place.

  • Labour won 412 seats, 211 seats gained

  • Conservative won 121 seats, 250 seats lost

  • Liberal Democrats won 71 seats, 63 seats gained

  • Scottish National Party (SNP) won 9 seats, 38 seats lost

  • Sinn Fein (SF) has 7 seats, No change

  • OTH28+14

More photos taken at the Count in Southport....

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Formby Pool to host a fantastic new event for Stemcellscousers

STEMCELLSCOUSERS are a small Formby group who partner with the Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Donor Register Charity. The group was formed in 2015 by Kevin Dunne after the Anthony Nolan found a:- 'life saving Stem Cell Donor' for his wife who was suffering with a very Aggressive Leukaemia. A and a Transplant was her Only Option of Survival. Kevin and Mary continue to raise awareness about the massive worldwide shortage of Stem Cell Donors.

Their Next FREE event, a Summer Fete called:- 'FLAME' (Formby Local Artistes Music Extravaganza) will be held on:- Saturday, 3 August 2024, at Formby Pool.

The event will have raffle tickets on sale with a:- 'framed and signed Endo shirt' as the star prize. Other Raffle prizes include:-

Farmer Ted Family Pass, a barbecue, Specsavers vouchers, Tesco Gift Cards, and Luxury Hampers. A lot of other Formby businesses have donated free meals or money off vouchers. Kevin would like to thank them all for their amazing support.

Advance Tickets will be on sale in both Formby's Grapes and Pinewoods Pubs who will also be displaying the hampers.

The event will also see lots of Kids activities that will include a:- Penalty Shoot Out' with the winner getting a prize, a LFC signed Trent Alexander ball.

Live music will take place with thanks to Formby UKE3A, from:- 11 am to 6 pm.

Opening the live music shows will be Make Noise Choir, followed by:- The travelling Wannabes, Formby U3A Folk Group, SOS, Shanty Kings, Folk Routes, Country Folk, Heart Strings, The Finale will be:- "AMARILLO" by Formby Uk3A with a Dance around the garden... The group behind the event says:- "When the music plays, every one will be free to join in."

For more information about FLAME, please contact Pat Harwood, via emailing:- PatHarwood51@Gmail.Com, or KevinDunne2@Icloud.Com.

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