Speaking after the local election results were declared, Our West Lancashire Chairman, Adrian Owens said, “The boundary changes weren’t kind to us, and the election of every council seat at the same time stretched our resources as a small local organisation. Many voters still use local elections to vote on national politics and that played a part in people supporting Labour, being the main national opposition. Otherwise, Janet Ingman in Ormskirk East would definitely have won, being only 12 votes short.
“However, we can take comfort from our vote holding up strongly everywhere and it was a boost to see Paul Hesketh’s election in Burscough to take over from George Clandon. There was also new support for Our West Lancashire in seats we had not fought before. I’ve heard feedback from several areas saying people were disappointed there wasn’t an OWL candidate in their community. We’re always keen to support civic-minded people to stand as councillors and so please get in touch if you are interested.
“The Labour council have clearly been stung by our constructive criticism of their record to date. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on their stewardship of our beautiful local area and call them out and campaign as required if they fail to listen to residents’ wishes.
“Finally, I would like to congratulate those who were victorious and to thank all those very many local people who voted for us.”