Post by Rose Tinted Lane on Mar 5, 2018 11:11:28 GMT
Derby Ward seems to be a key battleground here. Without Adrian Owens' personal vote for the OWLs, and given that it is usually a Labour/Tory marginal, the high student population, and Labour's candidate being the former President of Edge Hill Student Union which is within the ward, I'd say Labour have a good chance of taking Derby ward in May.
Fairly certain they will hold the Council as a whole too.
6 May 2016 Lab 31, Con 22, Our West Lancashire 1 Now Lab 31, Con 21, Our West Lancashire 2
Elected on 22 May 2014: Con 10(11), Lab 8 Elected on 7 May 2015: Lab 11, Con 7 Elected on 6 May 2016: Lab 12, Con 5, Our West Lancashire 1
8 June 2017 – Aughton Park – Con hold – Doreen Stephenson (Con) held the by-election, caused by the resignation of Susan Murrin-Bailey (Con) (retires 2018).
29 June 2017 – Derby – Our West Lancashire gain from Con – Ian Davis (Our West Lancashire) gained the by-election, caused by the resignation of Paul Greenall (Con), who won West Lancashire East in the Lancashire County Council elections and wished to concentrate on his county role. [On 20 July 2017, it was reported that Paul Greenall had resigned from the Tory Group at County Hall, accusing his fellow Tories of intimidation; he now sits as an Independent on the County Council] (retires 2018).
Elected on 22 May 2014: Con 10(11), Lab 8 Defended on 3 May 2018: Con 9, Lab 8, Our West Lancashire 1
Retiring Councillors (18): Con 9, Lab 8, Our West Lancashire 1
Seeking Re-Election (15): Con 8, Lab 6, Our West Lancashire 1 1 Labour has switched wards *Yvonne Gagen (Lab) (Ashurst) David O’Toole (Con) (Aughton and Downholland) *Doreen Stephenson (Con) (Aughton Park) – elected in by-election (08.06.2017) *Ruth Melling (Con) (Burscough East) Ian Davis (Our West Lancashire) (Derby) – elected in by-election (29.06.2017) Gareth Dowling (Lab) (Knowsley) – standing in (Derby) Christopher Ashcroft (Con) (Hesketh-with-Becconsall) Terence Devine (Lab) (Moorside) Edward Pope (Con) (Newburgh) David Whittington (Con) (Parbold) *Jane Marshall (Con) (Scarisbrick) Noel Delaney (Lab) (Scott) Bob Pendleton (Lab) (Tanhouse) John Mee (Con) (Tarleton) Ian Moran (Lab) (Up Holland)
Standing Down (3): Con 1, Lab 2 John Davis (Lab) (Burscough West) Malcolm Barron (Con) (North Meols) David McKay (Lab) (Skelmersdale South)
Lab 10 (+2), Con 7 (-3), Our West Lancashire 1 (+1) New council: Lab 33 (+2), Con 19 (-2), Our West Lancashire 2
Labour gain over Con in Burscough East (by 31 votes) and North Meols (by 122 votes) Our West Lancashire gain (hold over by-election) over Con in Derby (by 174 votes over Labour, Con are almost 600 votes behind)
Labour were 189 votes away in Aughton and Downholland. Our West Lancashire were 30 votes away from Labour in Scott. Conservative were 192 votes away in Up Holland.