Candidates confirmed for city by-elections

A pair of former councillors will seek to reclaim a seat in Liverpool Town Hall as part of a hat-trick of city council by-elections next month.

Alongside the general election on 4 July, electors in three wards across the city will also be up for grabs following the sudden and unexpected resignation of three Labour members in May.

The departure of each of the members was confirmed in a joint statement issued online by the Labour group.

With a little more than three weeks to go until polling day, parties have confirmed who they will stand – including two former members hoping to make a return.

It was announced last month that Helen Avis, who represented Fazakerley North, Nick Crofts from Broadgreen, and Clubmoor East member Louise Ashton all left their posts with immediate effect. Nominations to contest the vacancies closed last Friday, with candidates now in place.

Labour is seeking to hold on to all three seats, with Declan Henry announced as the contender for Fazakerley North. He will be standing against Jean Martin for the Liverpool Community Independents – who came second in a by-election in neighbouring Fazakerley East last September.

Katie Jarman is representing the Green Party with Phil Gavin confirmed as the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Having been unsuccessful in winning a seat in Garston for Labour last May, Richard McLean will be hoping it’s second time lucky when he contests the Clubmoor East ward. Liz Brookes has been confirmed as the Liberal Democrat hopeful with Peter Cranie representing the Green Party – also hoping to go one better than last year having missed out in Wavertree Village.

Alan Oscroft will stand for the Liberal Party.

The battle for Broadgreen features two former councillors hoping to make a return to office. Josie Mullen, who served for a decade as a Liberal Democrat before campaigning for the Green Party, is standing for her former party. Alan Tormey is seeking to return to the chamber after a year away for the Liberal Group.

Hayley Todd is standing for Labour while Ellie Pontin has been confirmed as the Green candidate. The Conservative Party is not standing in any of the three by-elections.

As with the general election on the same day, polls for the three city seats open at 7am until 10pm. Photo ID is required to cast a ballot.

The result will be declared the next day following the announcement of the general election outcome.

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