2023 Election Special: Wirral’s local council election results

The 2023 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council election took place yesterday, Thursday 4 May. 

Prior to the local elections, Wirral Council was governed by a minority administration of Labour Councillors.

The move to whole council elections will mean that from this year the council elections will be held once every four years, rather than previously being held in three out of every four years. The change comes after councillors passed a resolution to change to whole council elections.

This is the first election that has seen voter ID implemented. The UK Government introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.

This new requirement applied for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023. From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

Wirral Council is Merseyside’s most politically diverse, with Labour aiming to regain overall control after running the council with a minority administration since 2019.

But, the Greens could throw a spanner in the works and will be hoping to make further inroads in Labour seats in the more urban areas of Wirral and the Lib Dems have been campaigning hard in some of the Tory heartlands on the more rural and suburban areas on the west side of the M53.

Since it was created in 1973, the council has switched between being controlled by the Labour Party and the Conservatives, as well as being under no overall control.

The LDRS reported that Cllr Janette Williamson, the local authority’s Labour leader, said, “I am really pleased with our performance today, I have to say and we came so close in so many Conservative seats. It’s been a great night for us.”

The LDRS further reported that Cllr Cleary, leader of the Green group said, “We’ve gained new councillors in Bromborough, Bebington and Rock Ferry so we are disappointed about Seacombe but on balance, it’s a massive positive result for us to win in three new wards.”

Following the declarations, Dame Angela Eagle MP (Wallasey) said, “This has been a day of good news up and down the country – Labour is now the largest party in local government for the first time since 2002.

“Today, we’ve taken seven seats from the Tories in the Wirral, and have 13 Labour councillors out of 18 in Wallasey. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the volunteers across the Wirral for their hard work in this campaign. 

“It’s clear the country is sick and tired of over a decade of Tory incompetence, chaos and neglect. Our deeply out of touch Prime Minister has failed to tackle the cost of living crisis –  the country is ready for the better Britain Labour will provide. “

Seat count after the 2023 elections:

The council remains in ‘no overall control’ – Turnout 36%

PartySeats won% of votes
 Green Party1322%
 Liberal Democrats611%
 Freedom Alliance0< 1%
 Independent0< 1%
 Reform UK0< 1%
 Yvonne Nolan0< 1%
 National Housing Party0< 1%

Following is a full list of Wirral candidates. • italics denote the sitting councillor before the 2023 elections • bold denotes the winning candidate

Bebington – GRN/GRN/GRN

GreenJudith Grier339723%
GreenEd Lamb315922%
Liberal DemocratsAnthony Molyneux1451%
ConservativeNicola Oakley3462%
LabourKaitlyn Peterson12619%
LabourCallum Stuart11388%
ConservativeBarry Tunna2982%
ConservativeChristine Tunna2742%
GreenJason Walsh334923%
LabourRobert Ward10407%
Freedom AllianceCatherine Williams630%
Electorate: 11763. Total Votes: 14470. Turnout: 42.43%

Bidston and St James – LAB/LAB/LAB

ConservativeWendy Clements2024%
GreenJayne Clough2474%
Freedom AllianceMalcolm Davis882%
GreenCraig Fitzpatrick2104%
ConservativeJonathon Goldsmith2014%
GreenMillie Gorman2314%
LabourLiz Grey143526%
LabourBrian Kenny133624%
ConservativeTina McDonnell2154%
LabourJulie McManus128323%
Liberal DemocratsMike Parsons1252%
Electorate: 10620. Total Votes: 5573. Turnout: 19.90%

Birkenhead and Tranmere – GRN/GRN/GRN

ConservativeRichard Baker821%
GreenPat Cleary185623%
LabourHelen Collinson103413%
Freedom AllianceCatherine Evans751%
ConservativeAda Lewis681%
LabourJulienne McGeough91611%
LabourPiara Miah79210%
GreenAmanda Onwuemene159020%
Liberal DemocratsEdward Smith621%
GreenEwan Tomeny156719%
ConservativeColin Young601%
Electorate: 10516. Total Votes: 8102. Turnout: 27.10%

Bromborough – GRN/GRN/GRN

LabourBrenda Ashton170014%
GreenJo Bird249720%
ConservativeGillian Byrne2582%
ConservativeDes Drury3133%
LabourFinlay Gordon153112%
ConservativeEleanor Johnson2332%
Freedom AllianceStephanie McGarry-Gribbin661%
GreenRuth Molyneux213317%
GreenKeiran Murphy199416%
LabourSue Percy153313%
Electorate: 12102. Total Votes: 12258. Turnout: 36.16%

Clatterbridge – CON/CON/CON

ConservativeHelen Cameron195214%
GreenDan Gorman7736%
LabourJenny Holliday169012%
LabourMichael Holliday155812%
ConservativeMary Jordan204215%
GreenJim McGinley6795%
Freedom AlliancePamela Peacock841%
ConservativeCherry Povall204215%
Liberal DemocratsChristopher Raymond5214%
GreenJohn Rodgers6115%
LabourJoanne Smith157612%
Electorate: 11204. Total Votes: 13528. Turnout: 42.30%

Claughton – LAB/LAB/LAB

ConservativeCharles Assa4815%
National Housing Party UKGary Bergin1492%
GreenSusan Braddock5095%
LabourGeorge Davies205322%
Liberal DemocratsDavid Evans3964%
LabourStephen Foulkes184520%
GreenLiz Heydon4465%
ConservativeAndrew Hodson5025%
GreenPerle Sheldricks3203%
ConservativeSheridan Tear-Edmonds4295%
LabourGillian Wood183020%
Liberal DemocratsRoy Wood2973%
Electorate: 11360. Total Votes: 9257. Turnout: 29.40%


Liberal DemocratsChristopher Carubia223120%
ConservativeDenise Crossley-Williams4084%
LabourMelinda Downey9479%
Liberal DemocratsPhillip Gilchrist242122%
ConservativeWilliam Harland3243%
GreenJoy Hogg3693%
GreenPercy Hogg2522%
ConservativePhilip Merry3223%
Freedom AllianceSarah of the House of Blackburn520%
GreenPeter Rand2092%
Liberal DemocratsHelen Raymond180716%
LabourWilliam Smith8077%
LabourNicole Williams8355%
Electorate: 11162. Total Votes: 10984. Turnout: 35.00%

Greasby, Frankby and Irby – LAB/LAB/LAB

Liberal DemocratsAlan Brighouse4383%
IndependentDavid Burgess-Joyce1931%
GreenMiriam Cooke6014%
ConservativeTracy Elzeiny207813%
Freedom AllianceRosie Evans971%
ConservativeDavid Fairbairn198713%
GreenTom Green5273%
LabourGail Jenkinson274017%
ConservativeDarren May192312%
LabourGrahame McManus249916%
GreenCathy Page4103%
LabourMark Skillicorn221914%
Electorate: 11520. Total Votes: 15712. Turnout: 47.75%

Heswall – CON/CON/CON

LabourSophia Ballantyne7335%
Liberal DemocratsElizabeth Brame215015%
ConservativeGraham Davies217115%
ConservativeAndrew Hodson235116%
ConservativeKathryn Hodson221315%
Liberal DemocratsDavid Jones176612%
Freedom AllianceDonna Lyons-Whearty741%
LabourMichael Royden5874%
LabourJimmy Sergi5444%
Liberal DemocratsPhilip Waterfield198314%
Electorate: 10887. Total Votes: 14572. Turnout: 47.00%

Hoylake and Meols – CON/CON/CON

ConservativeMax Booth215816%
LabourPaul Carney156011%
GreenFintan Cleary5624%
GreenAlix Cockcroft6405%
ConservativeTony Cox219716%
ConservativeAndrew Gardner216816%
Liberal DemocratsTom Hughes2912%
Liberal DemocratsIan Johnson2602%
LabourSheila Murphy172113%
GreenJulian Priest4153%
Freedom AllianceColin Roper1061%
LabourDavid Sindall150711%
Electorate: 10516. Total Votes: 13585. Turnout: 45.66%

Leasowe and Moreton East – LAB/LAB/LAB

ConservativeTracy Blackburn5306%
GreenKatie Bristow3344%
ConservativeNeil Cartwright4775%
LabourAngie Davies195923%
GreenMichael Dixon2613%
IndependentKarl Greaney6427%
LabourPaul Jobson168819%
LabourLouise Luxon-Kewley188122%
Freedom AllianceJuliette Mantley931%
Liberal DemocratsChase Newton2273%
GreenHolly Turner2583%
ConservativeJonathan Yongjiang Wang3554%
Electorate: 11012. Total Votes: 8705. Turnout: 28.85%

Liscard – LAB/LAB/LAB

Reform UKDaniel Bruffell2202%
GreenHelen Burnham5416%
ConservativeStephen Dobson4405%
Liberal DemocratsVicky Downie1952%
GreenWilliam Gorman3694%
LabourDaisy Kenny201223%
GreenPeter Lageard3244%
LabourJames Laing182621%
ConservativeLesley May4135%
ConservativeJane Owens5026%
Freedom AllianceLynsey Welsh1071%
LabourJanette Williamson186521%
Electorate: 11280. Total Votes: 8814. Turnout: 28.62%

Moreton West and Saughall Massie –

ConservativeColin Baldwin190117%
ConservativeJohn Bennett187517%
LabourMark Cawood150813%
GreenHilary Cullen3433%
GreenRick Hughes2392%
Freedom AllianceNiamh McGarry-Gribbin631%
LabourKatherine Stuart142813%
LabourMaegan Stuart135812%
Liberal DemocratsChristopher Teggin1081%
Liberal DemocratsRobert Thompson801%
GreenJane Turner2943%
Reform UKPaul Whelligan1231%
ConservativeVida Wilson190817%
Electorate: 10693. Total Votes: 11225. Turnout: 37.00%

New Brighton – LAB/LAB/LAB

GreenAlexandra Badwi6536%
GreenAndrew Bennett6186%
Freedom AllianceDermot Bolger1762%
ConservativeAndrew Gilfoyle5986%
Liberal DemocratsCharlie Houghton3383%
LabourTony Jones226121%
ConservativeAnn Lavin6616%
LabourPaul Martin210919%
ConservativeElizabeth Murphy5445%
LabourSue Powell-Wilde213720%
GreenCynthia Stonall7397%
Electorate: 11399. Total Votes: 10834. Turnout: 33.88%


LabourClint Agard9648%
Liberal DemocratsAllan Brame268924%
LabourTony Cottier9428%
GreenAllan Goode5775%
Reform UKPhilip Griffiths1131%
GreenRachel Heydon5355%
Liberal DemocratsStuart Kelly259223%
ConservativeJon Loach1691%
ConservativeFreda Punnen1551%
Liberal DemocratsMike Redfern217719%
Freedom AllianceMonika Skinner1041%
ConservativeColin Vallance-Owen1531%
GreenAlex Wallis2692%
Electorate: 10919. Total Votes: 11379. Turnout: 37.60%

Pensby and Thingwall – LAB/LAB/LAB

LabourAnn Ainsworth211816%
GreenAllen Burton5504%
ConservativeIvan Camphor161712%
ConservativeMike Collins176814%
ConservativeLeah Fraser158212%
GreenMarilyn Jones5204%
LabourRichie Pitt188314%
Freedom AllianceWilliam Parry931%
GreenMark Reeves4033%
LabourMike Sullivan205016%
Liberal DemocratsJudith Wolf4443%
Electorate: 10423. Total Votes: 13028. Turnout: 44.34%

Prenton – GRN/GRN/GRN

LabourJohn Ainsworth124611%
ConservativeMichael Clements2152%
GreenChristopher Cooke241922%
ConservativeMark Davey-Hayford1722%
Freedom AllianceLily Evans821%
ConservativeSibani Ghosh1611%
GreenHarry Gorman229721%
GreenNaomi Graham222720%
LabourRachel Millard114410%
Liberal DemocratsJonathan Richardson1051%
Liberal DemocratsDavid Tyrrell571%
LabourArchie Wood10129%
Electorate: 10871. Total Votes: 11137. Turnout: 35.80%

Rock Ferry – LAB/LAB/GRN

ConservativeSusan Amyes1903%
LabourPaula Basnett152524%
Liberal DemocratsFrank Doyle1713%
ConservativeMargaret Kalil1402%
GreenCraig McDonald107317%
LabourTony Murphy142822%
IndependentYvonne Nolan4938%
GreenHelen O’Donnell4697%
GreenGareth Rowlands71311%
Reform UKTony Stanley1312%
ConservativePaul Taylor1412%
Electorate: 10262. Total Votes: 6474. Turnout: 24.10%

Seacombe – LAB/LAB/LAB

Freedom AlliancePaul Cardin1071%
ConservativeBobby Cartwright1161%
LabourTom Laing175519%
ConservativeAdele Lumb1061%
Liberal DemocratsAnthony Morris721%
GreenHannah Rapley124314%
ConservativeEvelyn Sorrell1031%
GreenSarah Spoor110712%
LabourKaitlin Stuart169918%
LabourPaul Stuart162218%
GreenRae Voller125514%
Electorate: 10246. Total Votes: 9185. Turnout: 31.40%


ConservativeJohnathan Andrew6497%
LabourStephen Bennett223622%
ConservativeAndy Brown6006%
Freedom AllianceDebbie Cameron1371%
GreenLily Clough6607%
Liberal DemocratsAlan Davies2523%
ConservativeThomas Maxwell5496%
GreenNadia Parsons3403%
LabourJean Robinson214022%
GreenTim Watson4585%
LabourJerry Williams192019%
Electorate: 12297. Total Votes: 9941. Turnout: 28.97%

Wallasey – CON/CON/LAB

Freedom AllianceMatthew Chell931%
Liberal DemocratsJohn Codling2452%
LabourGraeme Cooper226115%
GreenRyan Davies2902%
GreenMoira Gommon3332%
GreenJane Gorman3012%
LabourBrenda Hall229415%
ConservativeSteven Hoey223815%
ConservativeIan Lewis237016%
LabourSaul Murphy219114%
ConservativeLesley Rennie239116%
Liberal DemocratsJohn Uriel1161%
Reform UKLynda Williams891%
Electorate: 11551. Total Votes: 15212. Turnout: 46.27%

West Kirby and Thurstaston – CON/CON/CON

GreenKaren Brenchley4634%
GreenBarbara Burton4984%
Liberal DemocratsRoss Campbell4694%
Liberal DemocratsJohn Cresswell6705%
ConservativeJeff Green185914%
ConservativeJenny Johnson188414%
LabourPaula Kenny143311%
LabourMary MacEwan138811%
ConservativeSimon Mountney182014%
Liberal DemocratsPeter Reisdorf6345%
LabourElizabeth Watkins130710%
Freedom AlliancePat Whearty1331%
GreenMark Wilde4934%
Electorate: 10254. Total Votes: 13051. Turnout: 44.56%

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