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Liverpool council by-election results

TWO COUNCIL by-elections in Liverpool were contested by TUSC candidates on Thursday 5th July.  The Riverside ward seat became vacant after the sitting Labour councillor Joe Anderson won the contest to become the city’s directly-elected Mayor on May 3rdRiverside has been a solid Labour seat since it was formed after boundary changes in 2004 and once again the Labour candidate was returned.

TUSC had contested the ward twice before, in 2011 and again in May 2012, and in the July by-election came third for the first time, with its vote up to 6.2%, beating the Tories and the Lib Dems.  The Greens, whose candidate Peter Cranie has stood in the ward since 2010, held onto second place with 8.8%.  Peter Cranie, who as the Greens’ lead candidate in the European elections in the North West was just 6,000 votes short of becoming an MEP in 2009, is one of the four people contesting the election to be the new national Green Party leader in September, replacing Caroline Lucas MP.

The by-election in Allerton & Hunts Cross was the first time TUSC had stood in this seat, in the southern corner of the city.  This had been a Liberal Democrat held ward until 2010 – it was the last Liberal Democrat councillor in the ward who vacated the seat.  The Green candidate, having polled 237 votes (5.9%) when she stood in the ward in May, was pushed back this time to 3%.


Liverpool council by-elections – July 5th



2011 result: TUSC 88 (2.5%)

2012 result: TUSC 109 (3.3%)

Chris McDermot



Lab 1,424; Green 163; TUSC 115 (6.2%); LD 81; Con 70




Allerton & Hunts Cross



Lynne Wild



Lab 1,450; LD 564; Con 240; Lib 165; Green 77; TUSC 31 (1.2%)



For a full breakdown of TUSC local election results in 2012 see



For a full breakdown of TUSC local election results in 2011 see