On the 22nd May 2014, in a close-run election, 1st 4 Kirkby achieved its best election results yet, just 122 votes short of winning the Park Ward seat and coming close in other wards.
On the first year in which 1st 4 Kirkby contested all 6 wards in the Knowsley local council elections, our local independent party received a total of 3319 votes – 37% of all votes cast in Kirkby.
Tony Barton, the leader of the party, achieved his greatest support to-date receiving 607 votes, taking 41% of the vote. This was 250 votes more than the previous election in 2012 against one of their top councilors who is on the cabinet and various committees.
In Park Ward, Matt Donnelly came within just 122 to votes of defeating the incumbent opposition candidate, taking 46% of the vote. This is 1st 4 Kirkby’s best results since first standing in the local elections in 2008.
Despite not winning a seat this year the candidates remain positive. Following the election Matt said that, “If you believe in what 1st 4 Kirkby stands for then make sure casting your vote is the start of your contribution to making change happen. Democracy goes beyond the ballot box. Start talking, start debating, and start taking action to rebuild our community and protect what has yet to be taken from us.”
The year ahead will be a difficult one for Kirkby, and we’d like to encourage everyone to take an interest in what is happening to our town so we can all cast our vote in 2015 knowing what is at stake.
This year’s election was closely followed by the local media, with the Liverpool Echo publishing this article on 1st 4 Kirkby receiving the best opposition results in Knowsley.
For a full breakdown of the results visit the results page on the Knowsley Council website.