Wirral Council leader, Phil Davies, has decided to retire from politics and will stand down in 2019.
He is the latest councillor to resign after a reported Momentum ‘take-over’ in the Birkenhead Constituency Labour Party. Momentum are supportive of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and the reported ‘take-over’ comes following Labour’s performance in the 2017 general election. Critics are sceptical of the far-left group who are attempting to try and de-select MPs who may not be loyal to Corbyn, although Momentum claim they are trying to bring the party closer to its members.
Within Wirral council, deputy leader George Davies, jobs and growth cabinet minister Angela Davies and councillor Chris Meaden have lost their positions on the ruling executive committee.
Davies has been particularly critical regarding a culture of bullying in the Party following Frank Field MP’s resignation. Field resigned the Labour whip on the basis of antisemitism within the Labour party.
The Labour councillor has led Wirral Council for seven years but after 30 years as a councillor in the region, he has decided not to seek re-election in May 2019. The council leader said that he wanted to spend more time with his family and visit his youngest daughter in Canada.
As of Wednesday 17th October, the Wirral Labour Group and Wirral Council have yet to comment.
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