Who are the 4 candidates in the Upton byelection of a councillor to Wirral Council?

Who are the 4 candidates in the Upton byelection of a councillor to Wirral Council?

Who are the 4 candidates in the Upton byelection of a councillor to Wirral Council?

                                          

I’ll declare an interest in relation to this piece. My father who lives in Upton nominated one of the four candidates. I am also an election observer.


Wirral Council has published the list of candidates for the Upton byelection. The election is a byelection due to the resignation of Matthew Patrick. Whoever is elected will therefore only serve the rest of his term of office (to May 2020).

There are four candidates who are listed below alphabetically by surname. I have included their address too (this should also end up being on the ballot paper).


1. CLOUGH (Lily) 26 Rake Lane, Upton Village, Wirral, CH49 0US (Green Party)

2. DAVIES (Alan) 4 Broadheath Avenue, Bidston, CH43 7NP (Liberal Democrat)

3. ROBINSON (Jean Mary) 65 Gainsborough Road, Upton, CH49 4NE (Labour Party)

4. SELLMAN (Emma Louise) 136B Manor Drive, Upton, CH49 4PJ (Conservative Party)


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What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

                                        

Last year Wirral Council asked organisations to bid for the delivery contract for its controversial Wirral View newspaper.

The distribution contract (Lot 2) was awarded to Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd for three years starting on 1st December 2017 (with an option to extend for a further two years).

Despite in section 5 of the contract Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd stating that they would be able to guarantee full coverage of delivery door to door, the publication has suffered distribution problems.
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What did Gillian Wood’s election campaign to become a councillor in Claughton ward spend £1,354.53 on?

What did Gillian Wood’s election campaign to become a councillor in Claughton ward spend £1,354.53 on?

What did Gillian Wood’s election campaign to become a councillor in Claughton ward spend £1,354.53 on?

ED – updated 4.7.2017 to include extra detail on VAT treatment and comment

Below this blog post is the paperwork submitted as part of the election expense return for the Labour candidate for the Claughton byelection for a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

These are open to public inspection and I inspected these at Wallasey Town Hall last week (although there was a delay due to “staffing issues”).

The agent for the Labour candidate Gillian Wood was Martin Morris. Although Cllr George Davies and the Wirral Labour Group have had an involvement in the campaign too.

On the 5th May 2017, the result was announced. Gillian Wood was returned as a councillor for a period of one year with a vote of 1,761 votes (52%), a majority of 1,021. The second placed candidate for the Liberal Democrats received 740 votes (22%) and the voting system used was first past the post.

The nomination papers for this candidate show that her nomination papers were submitted on the 3rd April 2017 at 4.30 pm and the initials (KR) of the Wirral Council employee that accepted them was Kate Robinson.

Strangely, this date on the nomination papers doesn’t match the date given on page 1 of the election expenses return (see below) (5th April 2017) as the date she became a candidate and is after the date given that the agent was appointed (4th April 2017).

I asked another election agent in this Claughton byelection (Allan Brame who was agent for David Evans the Liberal Democrat candidiate) about matters involving the documentation below. He helpfully pointed out that leaflets are zero-rated for the purposes of VAT.

He also stated that the latest date a person could become a candidate was the 4th April 2017 (close of nominations) and the earliest date 27th March 2017 (if the candidacy had already been announced). On the subject of donations he stated “I am surprised that the details of donations have not been provided.

However, the election expenditure return shows expenditure of £1,354.53 (the spending limit was £1,427.42).

Invoices accompanying the return are for hire of a car PA System on polling day from SS Radio (£30) and for leaflets from LT Print Ltd (2,500 Vote Labour cards) for £169.20 (£141 + £28.20 (VAT)). Although as these are VAT zero-rated I’m puzzled as to why VAT is included on the invoice!

There are references to invoices 76414, 76415, 76796 and 76795 also from LT Print Ltd, also for leaflets. These invoices were paid by BACS payment and amount to £491, £364, £253 and £491.

It is claimed by the agent that of the first of these (invoice 76414) for £491 that £415.47 doesn’t apply to the election period as 5,500 of these leaflets were delivered prior to the 26th March 2017.

This would imply that this invoice (which was not supplied) was for 6,500 leaflets, of which 1,000 were delivered during the election period.

Where the money came from referring to the £1,354.53 spent during the campaign is unknown as donations were entered as £NIL.

As the candidate who was elected, Gillian Wood also has to state in a declaration which individuals or organisations funded her elections campaign which is published on Wirral Council’s website.

At the time of writing, there is no link to her register of interests from the page about her on Wirral Council’s website.

Agent Declaration Labour byelection Claughton byelection 2017 Martin Morris
Agent Declaration Labour byelection Claughton byelection 2017 Martin Morris
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Declaration candidate Labour byelection Claughton 2017 cropped resized Gillian Wood
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SS Radio 30 resized
Statement of account LT Print page 1 of 2 resized
Statement of account LT Print page 1 of 2 resized
Statement of account LT Print page 2 of 2 resized
Statement of account LT Print page 2 of 2 resized
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LT Print invoice 141 resized
Candidate election expenditure-Labour-byelection page 1 of 15 section 1 section 2
Candidate election expenditure-Labour-byelection page 1 of 15 section 1 section 2 Candidate Gillian Wood Agent Martin Morris
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 2 section 4 section 5
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 2 section 4 section 5
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 3 section 3a section 3b
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 3 section 3a section 3b
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 4 Advertising
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 4 Advertising
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 5 Unsolicited material to electors
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 5 Unsolicited material to electors
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 6 Transport
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 6 Transport
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 7 Public Meetings
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 7 Public Meetings
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 8 Agent and other staff costs
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 8 Agent and other staff costs
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 9 Accommodation and administration
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 9 Accommodation and administration
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 10 Other Authorised Spending
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 10 Other Authorised Spending
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 11 Personal Expenses
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 11 Personal Expenses
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 12 Unpaid Claims
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 12 Unpaid Claims
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 13 Disputed Claims
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 13 Disputed Claims
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 14 Permissible Donations
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 14 Permissible Donations
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 15 Impermissible Donations
Candidate election expenditure Labour byelection page 15 Impermissible Donations

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Flaybrick Cemetery – What will happen next? (Claughton byelection)

Flaybrick Cemetery – What will happen next? (Claughton byelection)

Flaybrick Cemetery – What will happen next? (Claughton byelection)

                                   

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Flaybrick Cemetery – What happens next?

John Brace at Flaybrick Cemetery 28th April 2017
John Brace at Flaybrick Cemetery 28th April 2017

Leonora recorded this brief video of myself speaking about the problems at Flaybrick Cemetery. I need to learn better to continue to face the camera as I’m speaking as when I turn to refer to what’s behind me, sound quality can be an issue.

Flaybrick Cemetery over the years has had problems with flytipping and damage to its walls. The area I filmed in called Crossways is mainly Magenta Living properties, but many are vacant. Cllr Steve Foulkes (one of the existing Claughton councillors is one of Wirral Council appointed directors of Magenta Living (formerly called Wirral Partnership Homes)). Since the vacancies have increased the problems with flytipping have increased.

After the video was filmed and I was heading back home a resident talked to us and wanted it to be improved.

Although there are longer quotes in the video, I include below quotes from a Labour councillor for this area Brian Kenny and the Lib Dem candidate for Claughton ward David Evans.

People go to vote in Claughton on Thursday 4th May 2017 for both their local councillor and Metro Mayor and the election result is expected on Friday 5th May 2017.


Response from Liberal Democrats (David Evans – candidate for Claughton ward) sent on 27th April

From: David Evans drcynlaisevans@btinternet.com

Hi John

I have family members interred in Flaybrick and I am saddened not only by the flytipping but also the vandalism of the grave stones and the fabric of a site that is part of the history of Birkenhead.

Birkenhead Park, Bidston Hill and Flaybrick are fantastic assets and a vital part of the heritage of Birkenhead – Flaybrick is similar in many ways to Highgate Cemetery and is much loved by the community as evidenced by the current work to preserve the chapels (although I understand that this is due to the efforts of a local heritage group rather than the council)

Flytipping is also a problem around Bidston Hill and Noctorum (Thermopylae Pass) as is the regular setting alight of the gorse on Bidston Hill.

The council seems to be unconcerned about the importance of local heritage (see demise of Woodside Hotel and ESWA problems)

I would like to see a role for the return of “Park Police” to patrol these areas to act as a visible deterrent and contact point for locals to report incidences of anti social behaviour.

I would also like to see local kids encouraged to value these assets by way of community education about the history of the area, this could involve local volunteers and agencies visiting schools etc.

Maybe the money spent on Wirral View could be diverted to projects such as this…

As you can see, I am an idealist but Birkenhead Park was on its uppers until Friends of Birkenhead Park was set up so involvement of local action groups is vital.

There is much to be appreciated in and around Birkenhead.

Best Regards


Labour’s position (sent on the 18th April) from Cllr Brian Kenny briankenny@wirral.gov.uk:

Dear Mr & Mrs Brace

I thought you would be interested in this email exchange.
There has been a great deal of activity around Flaybrick Cemetery, over the last week or so.

I will shortly be attending a meeting, to discuss further improvements.

Many Thanks.

On 18 Apr 2017, at 12:30, Burrell, Joanna joannaburrell@wirral.gov.uk wrote:

We have asked probation to clean up these areas.
….
Dear Jo

Please see this email and attachments, sent to me a few minutes ago, by Jayne Phennah.
The original was sent to Brian Sinton.
As you can see, Jayne is very upset by this appalling situation.
I would be obliged if you could please have a look at this situation, Jo, and see if there is anything you can do to eliminate the problems.
Please let me know if you require any more details, or clarification.
I am also copying this to the Claughton Ward Councillors, for their information.

Many Thanks, Jo.

Brian Kenny
Labour Councillor for Bidston & St. James Wirral Labour Group Chief Whip
….
Hi Brian,

Spoke to my mum today and she took me up to the cemetery, at the roman catholic end, where the houses are. I was shocked at what I saw. A tree has come down and took the fence off the wall. So anyone can now access the cemetery though here. The tree that has fallen, has been chopped into sections and left sitting on the railings on the floor, on the outside of the cemetery. So the gates on the entrance from lower flaybrick road are a waste of time, due to a big section of the railings being underneath the fallen tree. I took some photos for you. Fell free to forward this email to the appropriate people. I will also send this to Julie and Brian who are local councillors in the area. Let me know what you think, it breaks my heart to see this!

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Who are the 6 candidates in the Claughton byelection (election of a councillor to Wirral Council)?

Who are the 6 candidates in the Claughton byelection (election of a councillor to Wirral Council)?

Who are the 6 candidates in the Claughton byelection (election of a councillor to Wirral Council)?

Councillor Denise Roberts (Chair, Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee at Wirral Council) 6th July 2016
Councillor Denise Roberts’ death triggered the Claughton byelection

The nomination period is over and the six candidates in the Claughton byelection (for the election of one councillor to Wirral Council) are as follows (this list is alphabetic by surname).

EVANS David Robert Cynlais
22 Brancote Road, Claughton, CH43 6TJ
Liberal Democrat
Nominated by Doyle, Francis M

HEYDON Liz
4 Quaile Park, Prenton, CH43 6WA
Green Party
Nominated by Morgan, Michael P

JONES Beryl Rosina
108 Douglas Drive, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 6BY
UK Independence Party
Nominated by Gray, Peter

SINCLAIR Barbara Vera
24 Frankby Road, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 6EE
Conservative Party Candidate
Nominated by Owens, Rowland

WHEDDON Leon Allen
26 Desmond Close, Wirral, CH43 9XN
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Nominated by Lee, David

WOOD Gillian
74 Vaughan Road, Wallasey, CH45 1LP
The Labour Party
Nominated by Davies, George

The election of a councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council will be combined with the poll for Metro Mayor. Polling day is 4th May 2017 (most people still vote at a polling station), although people registered for a postal vote may receive their ballot earlier than this.

Please if leaving a comment, a reminder that legal restrictions apply during the election period about statements about a candidates’ character or conduct. So please keep it civil (otherwise I will turn comments off on this post)!

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