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