In what is described as a “thoughtful move” to ensure the BNP does not get a foothold on Liverpool City Council, the (just about) ruling Lib Dems have reached a pact with the minority Liberals.
The result is in a number of wards the two parties will not oppose each other in the local elections, taking place on May 6 – same day as the General Election.
Political cynics may ponder it is more to do with a deal being struck to enhance the chances of the Lib Dems, headed by Warren Bradley, staying in the driving seat at the Town Hall.
The Liberals, headed by Liberal Leader and Parliamentary candidate Steve Radford, are not fielding any candidates in Allerton, County, and Woolton.
In turn the Lib Dems are not standing in Everton, Tuebrook and Kirkdale.
In the last municipal elections in 2008 both parties fielded runners in all six of those wards.
As in 2008, the Lib Dems are not facing Liberal opposition in Belle Vale and St Michael's, while the Liberals are clear of Lib Dem opposition in Norris Green and Clubmoor.
The BNP is standing in eight council wards – Anfield, Clubmoor, County, Everton, Fazakerley, Kirkdale, Norris Green and Old Swan. Interestingly the “deal” between the Lib Dems and the Liberals does not extend to Anfield, Fazakerley and Old Swan: there all three are fielding candidates.
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The Lib Dems have realised that its the BNP that are the real threat to them and they need all the votes they can get to stop us from getting them kicked out of the seat of control of Liverpool City Council.
We are going to see great growth in Liverpool BNP this year building up ready for the elections in the years following these and there will be nothing the Liberals or Lib Dems can do to stop us having a breakthrough!