Liscard by-election – meet the candidates

This time next week, many Liscard residents will be heading to the polls to place their X in the box next to the name of their chosen candidate in the council ward by-election.

On 6 May 2021 local elections took place in Wirral. A ‘casual vacancy’ has arisen in the Liscard ward following the resignation of Labour’s Sarah Spoor for personal reasons.

The election for the Liscard ward will take place next Thursday, 22 July.

Following is a full list of Liscard candidates, in alphabetical order by surname.

Liscard

PartyCandidate
Liberal DemocratsSue Arrowsmith
For BritainGary Bergin
LabourDaisy Kenny
GreenEdward Lamb
ConservativeJane Owens
IndependentLynda Williams

Sue Arrowsmith Liberal Democrats

Sue Arrowsmith

The council is investing millions in Birkenhead. I want to see the same ambition to bring life back to our local town centre.

As a mother of a daughter who was born premature and is deaf, I have a keen interest in providing for the needs of disabled children to help them achieve and maintain goals that many would say are impossible.

Wirral has a lamentable record of support for parents of children with special needs and I want to challenge that.

The stunning by-election victory in Chesham and Amersham showed that across large parts of the country, it is the Liberal Democrats who are providing the opposition we need to this Conservative government.

And now we have the chance to do it again in Liscard.


Gary Bergin For Britain

Gary Bergin

We see ourselves as neither right nor left but with common-sense policies to deal directly and honestly with important and contentious issues of the day.

We believe that everyone should be treated EQUALLY within the law without exceptions of race or religion.

A For Britain councillor in Liscard would:
1) Put Liscard residents First,
2) Fight against increased parking charges which only serve to drive customers away from small businesses already struggling with covid 19 restrictions.
3) put pressure on local police to get tougher on Anti-social behaviour that blights people’s lives


Daisy Kenny Labour

Daisy Kenny

This is the area I grew up in and all my family live here.

I went to Liscard Primary School and the Oldershaw School, then stayed on for sixth form there.

At school a lot of the pupils couldn’t afford school lunches or didn’t have a clean uniform. People often got badly bullied for that, and it really showed me how unfair life can be and how much of a bad start some children can be given.

For me, the main focus is on representing people locally and making sure their views are heard.

I also think regeneration is key, and I’m keen to help local businesses and community groups apply for funding.

We have a lovely sense of community here, many people dedicate their lives to giving back. I would fight to make sure the community of Liscard gets the opportunities it deserves.

I have a business background in strategy and operations, and I plan to use that to work on behalf of Liscard residents.


Edward Lamb Green

Edward Lamb

My main interest is transport. I’m interested in the cycling infrastructure heading our way (the proposed route between New Brighton and Birkenhead).

I can see a future where a lot of people use bikes and we need to make sure the infrastructure is top quality and safe for people of all ages to use.

The test for cycling infrastructure is is it safe for children to use?

I’m aware that the plan [for the New Brighton to Birkenhead route] has been quite controversial and [the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority] is consulting with residents.

But we need to stand firm to make sure the infrastructure going in is of the highest quality because people won’t use it if it’s not and we’re back to square one.

Liscard has got an amazing opportunity to rebuild itself in the next 10 years as a destination for local people.

It’s about making places liveable, rather than attracting people from further afield, making them nice places to be.


Jane Owens Conservative

Jane Owens

In recent years Jane has played a role supporting children and young people and is a Chair of Governors at a local special school, a local secondary school and chairs the board of a Multi-Academy Trust. She also sits on the board at Edsential, a traded services community interest company formed between Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Jane was awarded an MBE for services to education in Wirral and was also the recipient of the Wirral Award, an important civic award.

Jane has been a long serving member of Wallasey Conservatives, following in the footsteps of her mother, and is regularly seen delivering leaflets across Wallasey.

Jane’s late mother had dementia and her late daughter had Cystic Fibrosis so Jane’s particular interests are in health, social care and education. Jane is also keen to support local businesses, especially those affected by the pandemic, and to see the regeneration of our shopping centre high on the Council’s agenda.


Linda Williams Independent

Linda Williams has not provided a statement or photograph. She stood as UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for Liscard in 2016, receiving 504 votes and was not elected.


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