Conservatives came second in every part of the region (though very close between Cons and LDs in Knowsley). Surprisingly good performance in St Helens, getting over 25% of the vote, which is much more than usual in local elections.
Lib Dems 3rd everywhere apart from Halton, where UKIP were 3rd.
A conservative who has always lived in labour areas.
Its not as if they are even consistent. When questioned, they actually don't want to become a district within Lancashire but want to be a unitary council with a Lancashire postal address!
Not sure why that is odd. Solihull is a MBC with a Birmingham postcode. Postal addresses have nothing to do with other matters.
Not the point I was making. They don't actually want to 'return to Lancashire' at all, but become a separate non-metropolitan unitary council. This has already been rejected as not feasible or sensible, although a return to Lancashire, and Southport becoming a district council might have been viable. But the Southport LibDems did not want this. I'm sure the post office would let them put Lancashire on their leters if they asked nicely, but their campaign was actually misleading.
The Lib Dem brand is still toxic on Merseyside, because of the coalition. We will be seen as Yellow Tories by a chunk of our traditional voter base for a generation.
True, but I thought the Corbyn Factor would help you, and that you would be able to appeal to the 'Remainiacs' in the suburban south Liverpool wards. My assumption has always been that you would never again reach the lofty heights of the late 90's and early 2000's, but that there would be a limited, gradual revival in the old strongholds.
I think liberal-leaning voters were more likely to see this election as an unwanted layer of bureaucracy (I know that was the reason my father didn't vote). That, coupled with the fact that the result was basically a foregone conclusion, probably meant the Lib Dem vote was suppressed.
I am sure there will be a revival, but it will be a slow one. People in Liverpool have oddly long memories for certain things (though not so long that they're able to remember that we were one of the last cities to turn from Tory to Labour).
So far as the suburban south is concerned, voting Corbyn is about the most middle class thing a person can do these days.
Elitist liberal, but not a liberal elitist. I support anything that enhances individual liberty.
"In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way" - Nigel Farage
I think you could be right. Bootle also voted for open selection, and we are a strongly left wing CLP. I didn't expect it and do know that some people were confused by the fact that you vote no if you don't want to open selection, but you could be right - some may feel that as they believe in mandatory reselection every sitting representative should be challenged in the meantime.