Stand­ing down: town coun­cil­lor who re­turned to Labour af­ter Iraq protest

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A SOUTH­PORT Labour coun­cil­lor has an­nounced he is stand­ing down ahead of the elec­tions in May.

Bill Welsh is one of just four of the town’s Labour coun­cil­lors.

He, along with his wife, Cllr Mar­i­anne Welsh, left the Lib Dems to go in­de­pen­dent, and then join Labour in Au­gust 2017.

The two said they were, in fact, re­turn­ing to their nat­u­ral po­lit­i­cal roots as pre­vi­ously they were Labour Party mem­bers but had quit in protest af­ter Tony Blair’s Iraq War de­ci­sion.

They were South­port’s only Labour coun­cil­lors un­til May of this year, when two of the party’s can­di­dates won seats – a first for the town.

Bill, who has served Nor­wood ward since 2015, says it has been a ‘priv­i­lege’ and that his de­ci­sion to stand down is due to ‘per­sonal cir­cum­stances’.

He added that he has par­tic­u­larly en­joyed work­ing with his Labour col­leagues over the past year and is con­fi­dent that based on the elec­tion re­sults this year an­other Labour can­di­date will be elected to re­place him.

Quit­ting: Sefton Cllr Bill Walsh

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