Triple Liverpool Council by-election on general election day

A hat-trick of Liverpool Council by-elections are to be held on the same day as the general election.

It was announced last week that three sitting Labour candidates would step down from their roles in an unexpected move.

Helen Avis, who represented Fazakerley North, Nick Crofts from Broadgreen and Clubmoor East member Louise Ashton all left their posts with immediate effect.

The city council has now confirmed the three seats will be contested on the same day as the country goes to the polls – 4 July.

The departure of each of the members was confirmed in a joint statement issued online by the Labour group. Cllr Avis was elected to the council to represent the Fazakerley ward in a by-election in 2022 following the resignation of ex-councillor Lindsay Melia.

She was subsequently returned in last year’s all out elections for Fazakerley North under the new ward boundaries. In the statement, Mrs Avis said, “It has been a real privilege to serve the people of Fazakerley as their councillor for the past two years.

“I have recently made the decision to move outside of Liverpool. I would be doing my residents a disservice if I didn’t now stand down and make way for a Labour candidate who can continue to fight them within the local community.”

Mr Crofts had been a fixture on the Labour benches for 12 years. He held the Knotty Ash seat until last May when he fought for and won the new Broadgreen seat after a major shake-up of the council map.

Explaining his departure, he said, “It has been a great privilege to represent the people of Knotty Ash and Broadgreen for more than a decade and I am immensely grateful for their continued faith in me over that period. Unfortunately, recent changes in my work mean that I am increasingly busy and I can no longer serve my residents with the full commitment that they deserve.

“But I am confident their next Labour Councillor will continue to deliver for them.”

Ms Ashton was only elected to the local authority last May, but has now made the decision to step down following suffering a family loss. She said, “It’s with great sadness that I am resigning as councillor for Clubmoor East, this was a really tough decision, but it is the right one for my family as we have recently suffered a bereavement and I now need to focus on looking after my children at this difficult time.

“It has been an honour to represent this community and I am proud of the work we have done so far.”

A notice of election posted at Liverpool Town Hall confirmed should the seats be contested, a ballot would be held on 4 July. Nominations close on Friday, 7 June.

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