Pugh wins council seat
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.”