In an election day that showed more swings, roundabouts and slides than a playground in the park, the results are now all revealed.
Labour has four new councillors: Paul Martin representing New Brighton, Helen Collinson representing Leasowe and Moreton East, Clare O’Hagan representing Rock Ferry, and David Brennan representing Liscard.
The Greens have three new councillors: Jason Walsh, representing Bebington, Emily Gleaves, representing Birkenhead & Tranmere, and Harry Gorman, representing Prenton.
The Conservatives have 1 new councillor: Ivan Camphor, representing Pensby & Thingwall.
The Liberal Democrats neither lost, nor gained any seats, but held Eastham and Oxton.
Leader of Wirral Council and Labour councillor for Liscard, Janette Williamson said, “We’re really pleased to welcome four superb new councillors to the Labour group. They’re bringing a lot of experience and expertise with them that they’ll put to real positive use in the communities that have chosen them to represent them.
“But we are of course very sad to lose Christina Muspratt from Bebington, who has worked tirelessly for her ward for many years, and who I know will continue to be a champion for the neighbourhood.
“There’s no doubt it’s been a mixed picture across the country, and there have been some results in other regions that we’ll need to go away and reflect on and come back stronger from. On Merseyside though, it’s been a good day for Labour and Labour values. We’ve had the historic election of Joanne Anderson as Mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotheram looks set to continue his great work as Metro-Mayor for the whole of the region, and Emily Spurrell is poised to make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner.
“Whatever has happened elsewhere in the country, the strong Labour results here in Wirral and Merseyside are to me an endorsement of the hard work we have put into supporting our communities and helping them to prosper and grow. People have re-invested their trust and faith in their local Labour party, and we will not let them down.”