Labour win ‘popular vote’ and retain Southport seats in 2022 Local Elections
On 5th May 2022, almost 25,000 Southport residents cast their votes to elect local councillors.
Over 8,000 of these votes went to Labour, resulting in retained seats in Kew and Norwood wards and a nail biting recount in Ainsdale where Janet Harrison came within 33 votes of Conservative incumbent, Cllr Tony Brough.
Cllr Brough (a local businessman well known in the community) won his seat with a majority of 807 in 2018 so this is a significant shift; his vote share fell by 13% whereas Labour’s increased by 6% when compared with 2018.
In 2021 there was similar drama in Birkdale ward, however this year Labour were very convincing runners up and support held firm.
In Cambridge ward, Labour support remains consistent. Either side, in Dukes and Meols wards the vote share was the highest it has ever been, with almost a quarter of voters in each ward voting Labour.
This was the first campaign we have been able to do in person since 2019. Reception on the doorstep was very encouraging and many residents were pleased with the Southport wide leaflet that was distributed.
The leaflet introduced the candidates and highlighted how active our Labour Councillors in the town are as well as Sefton successes.
Our campaigners and Councillors are looking forward to getting back out after a well deserved post-election break and continuing to build on this, looking forward to the 2023 local elections and any general election that comes along!
It is as clear as it ever has been that Southport residents know that only Labour can beat the Tories here.
If you would like to get involved in any way, please do contact us!