Labour holds seats, but bleeds votes and turnout falls by more than half
The Labour right is trying hard to pretend all is well despite their imposition in Liverpool wards of right-wing candidates with no support from local members.
Hard-right NEC member Luke Akehurst crowed that the results showed that complaints of his rigging of selections against the left had been unfounded:
But the ‘huge margins’ were in fact massively reduced compared to the preceding elections – and tiny in number terms, with turnout reduced by half and more, an appalling figure even considering these were by-elections:
Labour’s best result on the night was a 7.6-point fall in Clubmoor, with the party losing 11.5 points in Anfield – in what has previously been the country’s most Labour-voting constituency – and a massive 20.5 points in Kirkdale. Such a swing in die-hard Labour wards should – and certainly will – send shivers of terror down the spines of Keir Starmer and co, as they spell disaster for even previously moderately comfortable seats elsewhere.
There is even less excuse for Starmer to cling to in a city that has currently been infested by Tory-appointed commissioners and in a time when the Tories’ corruption, pyschopathy and incompetence has been on show on a national scale.
Of course, it wouldn’t do for the Labour right to admit that. But the loss of large numbers of Labour voters in England’s reddest city is the slide of the first pebbles of what could become an avalanche as voters wake up to the arrogance and contempt for democracy of the Labour right – and find that they can identify no meaningful differences between Keir Starmer and his cohort and the Tories dragging the nation into the gutter.
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