Pugh wins coun­cil seat

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FOR­MER South­port MP Jon Pugh has re­turned to lo­cal pol­i­tics af­ter be­ing elected to Sefton Coun­cil.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat was elected to rep­re­sent Dukes Ward – which cov­ers parts of South­port town cen­tre and Birk­dale – in a by-elec­tion held af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of Cllr Pat Ball.

Dr Pugh won the elec­tion on Thurs­day Novem­ber 2, by a com­fort­able mar­gin with more than dou­ble the votes (1,680) of se­cond-placed Ann Per­main (790), who ran for the Con­ser­va­tive Party.

Frank Han­ley of Labour fin­ished third (417), ahead of Ukip’s Terry Dur­rance (69) and the Green can­di­date Nick Se­nior (45).

Dr Pugh pre­vi­ously served as a coun­cil­lor for Birk­dale from 1987-2001, be­fore serv­ing as the town’s MP for 16 years.

He stepped down be­fore this year’s Gen­eral Elec­tion for fam­ily rea­sons but stated at the time that he planned to re­turn to lo­cal pol­i­tics.

It was an­nounced in Septem­ber that Ms Ball, a Con­ser­va­tive, would quit.

Af­ter the re­sult, Cllr Pugh said: “This was not a win for me; it wasn’t even a win for the Lib­eral Democrats – it was a win for South­port.

“South­port peo­ple want a real voice in the des­tiny of their town.”

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